Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review: The Inventor's Secret by Chad Morris (Whitney Finalist 2013)

Title: The Inventor's Secret (Cragbridge Hall #1)
Author: Chad Morris
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Digital Copy
This book would be rated: PG

The year is 2074 and it's time for Abby and Derick Cragbridge to start their time at Cragbridge Hall, the boarding school that only takes the best, brightest and most distinguished middle schoolers on the planet. The problem is that Abby, at least, hasn't done much to distinguish herself. She happens to be the granddaughter of the school's founder, a world-famous inventor, and therefore feels a great impulse to prove herself worthy of being at the school. She's able to do this when her parents and grandfather turn up missing. Her parents are being held aboard the Titanic, and unless Abby and Derick can figure out how to go back in time and reach them, their whole world might come crashing down on them.

The Inventor's Secret, published by Shadow Mountain, is the first book in the Cragbridge Hall series. The second book, The Avatar Battle, was recently released. The books are action-packed, and Morris seems to rely on constant motion and on really cool inventions and technological advances to keep the plot moving in The Inventor's Secret. The book seems to rely much more on external conflict than internal conflict, but many young readers may be so entranced by all the bells and whistles of time travel and technology that they might not care.

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