The Inventor’s Secret by Chad Morris
Abby and Derick have been accepted to the most prestigious secondary school in the world Cragbridge 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 world past and future will never be the same.
Abby and Derick are twins but don’t have a lot in common. Derick excels in academics and athletics. While Abby feels she got accepted to the prestigious school only because of her grandfather’s connection. Unfortunately, the other students find out and treat Abby horribly. Their grandfather is a brilliant inventor of many clever devices for the school. One of which leads to his kidnapping. But he has left behind clues for those in his trusted circle. But the twins aren’t sure who they can trust.
The Inventor’s Secret is first in a fun and exciting new series for middle readers. With advanced technology involving time travel and avatars, the science often leads to discussions on history and the philosophy of time travel. Questions are proposed about if changing the past would better affect the future or if we’re better off leaving the past alone. Hint: the author doesn’t agree with the show Quantum Leap. Yet I still saw his point. It’s a great and impressive start to a promising new series. I’ll certainly be following more from this author.