- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain; Reprint edition (March 4 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609078756
- ISBN-13: 978-1609078751
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 794 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #594,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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
"Fast-paced and suspenseful. . . . A cracking good read that could make a thrilling movie."-ForeWord Reviews
- "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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Abby and Derick have been accepted to the most prestigious secondary school in the worldCragbridge Hall. Due to the inventions of their grandfather, Oscar Cragbridge, they will be able to experience history in 3D, use their minds to literally project visual interpretations of classic literature, and become animal avatars for zoology.But when their grandfather and parents go missing, Abby and Derick must follow clues Oscar left for them that will reveal a dangerous secret. Along the way, they discover there is much more to one of their grandfather's inventions than anyone has ever dreamed. Saving their family will take all of Derick's mind and Abby's heart as they come face to face with a crazed scientist who desperately seeks to change the past. If they fail, the worldpast and futurewill never be the same.This book is a page-turning, time-travel adventure that teaches powerful lessons about choice and consequence, believing you can do hard things, and valuing your history.See all Product description
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The main characters in The Inventor’s Secret are genuine in their struggles, feelings of inadequacy, and tenacious spirit to fight for those they love. The pace is fast and the history is anything but boring – who wouldn’t want to watch Blackbeard and his men pursuing treasure, Mt. Vesuvius erupting over Pompeii, and Shakespeare and his troupe acting at the Globe? History is presented in a way that it is turned from the eye-rolling, boring stuff of textbooks into living, breathing action! As a history lover, I say AMEN!
As a teacher, I can’t wait to use The Inventor’s Secret in the classroom. The cross-curricular opportunities seem endless and the book provides an excellent platform for integrated language, science, social studies and math units. I eagerly await book 2 in the series.
I give this book 5 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Shadow Mountain Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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As mentioned in the title, this is a fantastic book, and a great start to a fresh new series. As with any work of literature, there are very common themes found in this story line. An eccentric inventor grandfather, a special school for top tier kids, a girl who feels like an outcast... But these themes are used because they work. There are plenty of unique aspects to this book, and the story is easily different enough that it doesn't feel like a rehash.
Abby and Derick (twins) are the main characters, but most of the story focuses on Abby. Her friend Carol is hilarious and my wife and I frequently found ourselves laughing out loud at Carol's ridiculously fast and random way of speaking.
The Audible narrator, Kirby Heyborne, who is a professional actor, does a fantastic job adding personality to each voice, and even does some pretty good accents. One big problem with the narration was the audio levels, which were all over the place. When characters seemed to be yelling, whether because they were excited, angry, or just to be heard, Kirby would yell. This is fine, as it gets the correct tone of voice across. However, the audio engineer apparently did not do proper volume leveling on the recording, because the volume of the yelling is cringeworthy (to be clear, it is very, very loud).
Aside from that, I have few complaints. Some of the inventions are a bit hard to swallow. For example, robot avatars controlled with your mind that are so incredibly real that they are indistiguishable from the real animal, and their eye cameras are apparently high enough resolution and fidelity that the image feed going back to the controller feels like real eyes. But other inventions are intriguing and realistic enough, like computer rings that connect with contact lens screens and allow typing and other computer functions on-the-go. The flow of time theory used in this fictional universe is a bit different from the more common ones, and maybe not quite as thought out.
All things considered, though, with a young adult target audience, this book really hits the mark. Entertaining, funny, gripping, but not too dark, deep, or otherwise inappropriate for a young audience. Carol's extremely funny flirtatiousness is about as steamy as it gets, so parents, nothing to worry about here. There is an underlying theme of learning from the past, which should be pretty universally upheld. Disasters and trials can bring out the best in humanity, and there is much to learn from history in that regard. Looking forward to reading the next book, and the rest of the series!
It's fun getting to know the characters and seeing how the interact with each other. I'm looking forward to the next books in the series to see how they continue to grow and develop.
I love the futuristic inventions and writing does a good job of bringing them to life through their use in the storyline.
Perhaps what I enjoyed the most is that I learned about history in the process and found myself looking up the historical events afterwards to learn even more.
I'm well beyond the age of the target audience, but this would have been the perfect book for me back then, but the cool part is that it's still perfect for me now.
This should be a great book that the whole family can read and enjoy together.
I think parents and kids will like it. My nephews love it. My nieces were less interested, but the one that did read it liked it A LOT!
The book is clean, the technology smart, and the story interesting. You will love the whimsical characters, setting, and adventure.
What you will really love about this book is that it is not another Fablehaven. Finally! I'm so glad to see Shadow Mountain get off that train, or at least switch tracks for a little while. There fantasy middle grade is good, but come on guys, we want to read more than just wizards and wyverns. I personally would love to read more books like The Inventor's Secret, and can't wait to see what Chad Morris, Cragbridge Hall, and Shadow Mountain have in store for the future.