The Inventor’s Secret by Chad Morris
(Summary taken from the press release) “Imagine a school in the year 2074 where students don’t read history, but watch it happen in 3-D holograms–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 exited 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 the can trust, discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall, and decide whether they should learn from history, or attempt to change what has already happened.”
I love the imagination and creativity in this book! How exciting to be able to watch history happen, and to learn about animals from the animals’ point of view. I liked Mr. Morris’ writing style and found it easy to read. It flowed well and kept me wanting more. His character development is really good, and I liked his characters, especially Abby and Derick. I love that Abby is a strong female character. She is not perfect and does get scared, but she works hard, she doesn’t give up, and she ends up doing some incredible things. I liked Abby’s friend Carol and I wasn’t sure about Rafa, but ended up liking his character as well. I could just picture Oscar Cragbridge as a funny old inventor guy. I picture him as quirky and intelligent, and just a little crazy. But, I also picture him as serious and protective. The storyline kept me turning pages. I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a great mixture of mystery, adventure, detective work, love of family, never giving up, betrayal, and some great history lessons. (Shhhh…….don’t tell the kids that they’ll enjoy learning about history.) I seriously would love the Bridge. I wish I had one!
I can’t wait to hand this book over to my boys; they are going to eat it up! And, what do I love? This book is clean! There is no language, no “physical intimacy,” and no extreme violence. There is some fighting and there are some close calls, where you think characters may die. There are a few weapons brandished, and used, but no one ends up dying. There were a few spelling and grammatical errors, but I did receive an Advanced Reader’s Edition, so I assume they will be corrected in the final copy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it.
Rating: PG (Some fighting with weapons, some evil characters)
Recommendation: 3rd grade and up. I enjoyed this book as an adult, and I know my 4th and 5th grade boys will love it. It will interest both boys and girls, young and old. It would make a fun read-aloud as well.
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.