Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. (Inspired by Animal from the Muppets, he’s been banging on drums since he was eight years old.) 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. Chad would love to teach at Cragbridge Hall.
Unlike Oscar Cragbridge, however, he hasn’t really invented anything, though his son once sketched out blueprints for a machine that would turn celery into cookies.
To those who read Cragbridge:
Cragbridge Hall, the Inventor’s Secret is my debut novel. I’m thrilled that so many people have liked it so far. Brandon Mull—–#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series had this to say: “Cragbridge Hall keeps the pages turning with inventive gadgets, mystery, humor, and danger. Author Chad Morris offers a fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families.”
Let me tell you a little about the book. I got the idea for Cragbridge Hall: The Inventor’s Secret while sitting in an auditorium of several thousand people listening to David McCullough, the famous historian. I know—probably not where you’d think ideas for kids fiction would pop up. It surprised me too. I found myself thinking, what would be the absolute coolest way to for kids to learn history? Answer: For them to see it, almost experience it! Have a pirate ship sail through front wall of their class. See armies rushing each other from two sides of the room. Hear from Lincoln himself. And if there were some crazy invention that could let them see history, then what would English class be like? And gym? I felt a world forming. My fiction and non-fiction loving mind was off to the races. Sorry Mr. McCullough, I kind of zoned out there for a little while.
Once the world started coming together, I had another idea: What if there was more to one of the inventions than anyone knew? What if the inventor had a secret?
When I sat down to write, all different angles of my personality got excited. This was high-concept, fast-paced, fiction fun, with references to real non-fiction people and places, and a lot my comedy writing background thrown in. The whole thing snowballed into a story I love.
But of course, I like it. I wrote it. I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to drop me a line on a Contact Me form. I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you are interested in inviting me to come to your school for a free assembly, please send a message to my publisher at CragbridgeHall.com
Thanks for taking the time to read this letter and my book!
I laughed. I cried. I hugged the book when I came to the end. The quirky humor combined with emotional depth made Mustaches for Maddie one of the most refreshing, original, and enjoyable books I’ve read in a long while. (Mustaches for Maddie)
Nice thing is that despite my son loving it, (the) main character is very strong female character, so girls will love her struggles as boys latch onto action and cool gadgets and brother character. (Cragbridge Hall)
Based on the true story of the authors’ daughter, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Mustaches for Maddie is a good book to give to any kid who is facing challenges: whether it’s struggling with something in school or with something bigger at home. (Mustaches for Maddie)
A fantastical futuristic read that should engage kids and families. (Cragbridge Hall)
An endearing tale. Maddie will make you laugh, fill your heart, and somehow leave you better than before you knew her story. And make you wonder where you can find a fake mustache. (Mustaches for Maddie)
This is the best middle grade book I’ve read in a while. I loved it. (Cragbridge Hall)
Warm and witty . . . Shelly Brown and Chad Morris deliver a beautifully quirky story, honestly told, that is full of heart and love and power. (Mustaches for Maddie)
The perfect balance of humor and heartfelt. Young readers will be inspired by this story of a courageous girl determined to face her troubles with a smile. (Mustaches for Maddie)
Fans of fantasy and adventure are sure to love this book just as much as I did. Download or buy a copy (preferably from a brick-and-mortar store) in March – you won’t regret it! The book is also a clever history lesson. Morris does a great job of describing the historic events as Abby and Derick review them, making it feel as if the reader is right beside them as they watch history. (Cragbridge Hall)