The Inventor's Secret

The Inventor's Secret

by Chad Morris


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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.

Twins Abby and Derick Cragbridge are excited as to use their famed grandfather's inventions at their new school. But when their grandfather and parents go missing, the twins must follow a mysterious trail of clues in order to find out where their family is, learn who they can trust, and discover what secrets are hidden within Cragbridge Hall.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609078751
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Cragbridge Hall Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 550,827
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 15 Years

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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Grandpa removed two metal lockets, both attached to thin chains. “And I want to give you these.” He handed one to Abby and the other to Derick. Abby’s locket was heavier than she expected it to be. It had ornate designs around the front, but the locket itself was a simple flat circle. “I want you to put those somewhere very, very safe—preferably, you’ll wear them. And you’ll need to check them every day.”

“What do you mean?” Derick asked.

“Look at your locket every day,” Grandpa said. “If nothing has changed, then continue with your studies as before. But if something does change, you may be desperately needed. The locket will tell you what to do.” He wrung his hands. “I get especially nervous at the beginning of every school year. It would probably be the best time to …” He let his sentence trail off as he became lost in thought.

“To what?” Abby asked.

“Please keep your lockets a secret—I cannot stress that enough. No one should know about them, especially not the teachers,” Grandpa said. 

“Wait,” Derick said. “What’s inside the lockets?”

Grandpa gazed into Derick’s eyes, then into Abby’s. She wasn’t sure what she saw in his eyes—concern? Love? Fear? Grandpa let out a sigh. “I hope you never have to find out.”

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Brandon Mull

A fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families. — Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and the Beyonders series

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