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About the Author

Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. Neither of those quite panned out. After high school, he wrote and performed sketch comedy while going to college, and eventually he became a teacher and a curriculum writer. He lives in Utah with his wife and five kids.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cragbridge Hall (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609073266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609073268
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chad Morris is the author of the CRAGBRIDGE HALL series, a middle grade romp through a futuristic secondary school.

"A cracking-good read that could make a thrilling movie" (ForeWord Reviews)

"Keeps the pages turning with inventive gadgets, mystery, humor, and danger" (Brandon Mull, New York Times Best Selling Author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.)

"A perfect blend of mystery, humor, and time-travel. I want to go to Cragbridge Hall." (Tyler Whitesides, best-selling author of the Janitors series)

Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. (Inspired by Animal from The Muppets, he has been banging on drums since he was eight years old.) Neither of those plans quite panned out. After high school, he left the Rocky Mountains to live in Brazil for a few years then returned home to write and perform sketch comedy while going to college. He graduated from BYU with a couple of degrees and became a teacher and a curriculum writer.

Chad would love to teach at Craggbridge Academy. Unlike Oscar Craggbridge, he hasn't really invented anything, though his young son once sketched out blueprints for a machine that would turn celery into cookies.

Chad lives in Utah with his wife and five kids.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By libersue on March 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for something new to read that's clean, funny, and teaches some great values, this is it! It's science fiction and history all in one book.

This book has all my favorite ingredients – everything from a funny, imaginative, fast paced, exciting mystery to the more thought provoking study of human nature, morals, lessons in history and their application - all without being preachy or judgmental. I love a book that teaches something in the process so that you feel just a little bit smarter and wiser when you’re finished. The author did a fabulous job of weaving tantalizing bits of history into the story that arouses the curiosity to learn more. It makes you wonder what it would be like to learn history first hand? No more guessing whether something is true or not – but to watch heroes in action, who make sacrifices and hard decisions showing how small choices make a BIG difference.

I could especially identify with the character, Abby, who has feelings of inadequacy, comparing herself to her talented brother and friends. But she finally learns that not all talent is demonstrable and obvious to the casual observer. She discovers hidden talents that don’t lend themselves to showy displays to impress others. A stimulating read not only for the mind, but also the heart. What makes a true hero? This book has the answer!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Van Drimmelen on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am so busy with work the only books I get to "read" are audio books I listen to on long car rides. My wife heard about this book and asked me to buy it for her. I started to read it to her as she was making some lunch for us. I was hooked within the first 5 pages and couldn't set it down. It is a super fun book that I know my children will love to read someday. I can't wait for the rest of the series to come out. Well done Chad Morris!
I also found out that the Author has a 9 year old daughter who just had a brain tumor partially removed and is in recovery. Please buy this book and pray for the Author's family as well!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Weaver on December 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What my stars mean:
5 Stars--the book had a profound impact on me. It touched me on some special level and lingered with me long after I'd finished reading it.
4 Stars--I loved this book. If I don't own it, I will buy it so I can read it again and again.
3 Stars--I enjoyed the book but may have had an issue or two with it.
2 Stars--I had more than a few issues with it.
1 Stars--I hated it.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don't read history, but watch it happen around them; where running in gym class isn't around a track, but up a virtual mountain; and where learning about animals means becoming one through an avatar.

Welcome to Cragbridge Hall, the most advanced and prestigious school in the world. Twin siblings Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as new students to use their famed grandfather's inventions that make Cragbridge Hall so incredible. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins begin following a trail of clues left by their grandfather. They must find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall.

Abby and Derick soon realize they are caught in a race with a fierce adversary to discover their grandfather's greatest secret--a dangerous discovery that could alter both history and reality.

MY TAKE
This is the best middle grade book I've read in a while. I loved it.

This book has a flavor of Percy Jackson in that the storyline is an interesting (and exciting) way to tease the reader with snippets--but of history rather than mythology.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Wilson on March 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In his inaugural book, Cragbridge Hall: The Inventor's Secret, Chad Morris tells the story of Derek and Abby Cragbridge; twin grandchildren of Oscar Cragbridge (who can best be described as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney and Steve Jobs all rolled into one). In a world where paper books (and even tablets) are rendered obsolete, the students at Cragbridge Hall watch history exactly as it happened; not with actors on a movie screen, but with a holographic echo of the actual historical characters. By the year 2074 Oscar has developed countless inventions that have changed the way the world works... and he has been kidnapped. With their grandfather and parents missing, Derek and Abby follow the clues left by Oscar--clues that can only be found by those who remember the lessons of history.

There are so many reasons why I loved this book. In fact, I loved it so much that I had my husband read it to the family immediately after I finished it. Chad Morris breathes life back into history by telling the stories. With Derek and Abby we get to relive Blackbeard's final battle, the sinking of the Titanic, the escape of Frederick Douglass, and Shackleton's trek across Antarctica. We relive well known and beloved historical figures and are introduced to those who have been forgotten.

In The Inventor's Secret, Chad's brilliance in bringing history alive is matched only by his ability to show us that the vast benefits of technology invariably include a few pitfalls. That the same tool that can be used to free millions of people can also be used to enslave others, and that sometimes freedom is more important than convenience or a life of ease. You will learn all of these lessons while reading an exciting and captivating tale about an insecure and "ordinary" little girl living in the shadow of her brilliant twin brother.
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