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Originally from Newport Beach, California, C. R. Stewart has twenty years of experience writing fiction, nonfiction, and movie screenplays. His areas of expertise also includes film and media production, global strategy, and international marketing. 

C.R. Stewart received a Bachelor of Arts in British Literature and European History from Brown University; did post- graduate work at Harvard University; earned an MBA from Boston College; and is pursuing a Master of Science in Advanced Management and a PhD in Strategy.

Now based in San Diego, C.R. Stewart is a strong supporter of education and the arts. He enjoys world travel, reading, riding, swimming, sailing, and tennis. He is dedicated to sharing his passion, writing & storytelling and the importance of creativity, with educators and students all over the world!

I am so excited that you are interested in Britfield & the Lost Crown. Part of a seven book series, Britfield was conceived as an idea over 10 years ago while sitting in a seminar in New England. It started as a sketch I did of a hot air balloon with a young boy and girl trapped inside. From this simple drawing sprang the entire concept and story for Britfield. I also liked the idea of adventure, exploration and freedom—seeing an extraordinary country for the first time: moving from place to place, enjoying spectacular scenery and exciting events, learning new things, meeting people, making friends and having hope for a better future. I like that not everything is what it seems. Not everyone is who you think they are: the simple often can become great, the great often turn out to be simple. Everyone has a unique story and this is Tom and Sarah’s story.

I spent 4 years and 2,500 hours writing and editing Britfield & the Lost Crown. By draft three, I piloted the book at public and private schools, having hundreds of students reading, reviewing and commenting on the book. Their feedback was priceless, and I am grateful for their participation.

Britfield, Book I takes place in England, and I have always loved the country—its complex history, dynamic culture, wonderful people and beautiful countryside are filled with a rich tapestry of amazing stories. I also lived in England for almost a year and have been back to visit over thirty times. I have visited Hadrian’s Wall between Scotland and England, walked the haunting moors by the Brontes’ home in Haworth, wandered the streets of London, toured Dicken’s house, explored Thomas Harding’s Dorset and made my way down to the Cornish shores of Fowey, where Daphne du Maurier wrote her romantic suspense novels. All these experiences have deeply influenced my life and my writing, especially Britfield & the Lost Crown. Enjoy this exciting adventure novel!

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Bring the story behind the story to YOUR school!

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Britfield Virtual School Book Tour engages readers of all ages as they interact with  award-winning author, C.R. Stewart, as he shares the creative process behind his best selling book, Britfield & The Lost Crown. This exciting experience includes: 

  • Learning how to unlock the true potential of your creative ideas
  • The essential elements of writing an engaging story 
  • The importance of creativity
  • The inside scoop on the future of Britfield – the series and the movies.

Your presentation is off the charts excellent and we were all wanting more!”
– (educator) Cyndie, TX


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Nos tibi viam inveniam aut faciam

We Will Find a Way or Make One

Most children are highly gifted if they are given the proper opportunities and support. From their imaginations come a wealth of original ideas and pioneering innovations, abilities that open doors to creative ingenuity and visionary leadership. Yet most of our educational organizations are designed to discourage creative thinking and undermine the very attributes that foster individualism and original thought.

Current research shows creativity will be the most important leadership competency in future generations. However, conformity has become the most important aspect of education, and the current hierarchy of academia sees creative thought and innovation as unimportant compared to core competency, large-group restraint, conventionality, test results, and the avoidance of failure at all costs.

The Britfield Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging young people to value learning, provides interactive programs to help students learn to innovate, brainstorm, imagine, problem-solve, and create 

— skills that will prepare them for the future. The Institute also inspires and resources educators to build safe spaces for students to practice these skills and see failure not as a source of fear but as a guardrail on the path to success.

The Britfield Institute already provides an exclusive Creativity Kit to educators at no cost to them. This kit includes a how-to list of ideas to make any classroom more creative, inspiring imagery for their classroom space, informative white papers on the creativity crisis in America, fun games and exercises to encourage innovation and creative thought, and sample chapters of Britfield & the Lost Crown including a curriculum guide, eBook, and Audiobook.

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The perfect companion to the award-winning, middle grade, adventure fiction novel Britfield and the Lost Crown!

This enriching 8-week study guide, including a teacher answer key, will compliment your novel review while your students are enjoying an exciting and inspiring story. Including sections for Vocabulary, Comprehension, Technology and a Going Deeper application, the study guide has been developed according to National Educational Standards.

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"This excellent study guide can be used for students at any pace as the teacher has the freedom to pick from the assortment of activities which will meet the needs of ALL LEARNERS. It is an all encompassing guide incorporating the skills that we as educators are trying to develop - reading, writing, listening, speaking, and research."

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  • Chanticleer Reviews
    August 21, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    An intriguing first-in-series read that is sure to capture the attention of middle grade and young adult crowd. Readers journey through English cities and countryside beautifully rendered in the narrative. The book also includes maps and intelligent background information about the setting and history with access to online illustrations and commentaries. Britfield weaves plot, texture, storytelling, and fascinating characters into a winning combination and enriching experience.
    – Chanticleer Book Review – 5 Stars!

  • Hannah
    August 21, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Such a thrilling book filled with so much awesome history about England, crazy mysteries, and truly amazing characters. It had me hooked every second of reading it!! I can’t wait for the sequel.
    – Hannah, Age 13, Kids’ Book Buzz – 5 Stars!

  • Dawn Weaver
    August 21, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    A perfect mixture of fast-paced excitement, heart-stopping surprises, fascinating history, and endearing characters with historical references scattered along the way. Tom and Sarah’s devotion to each other provides an excellent backdrop to the many mishaps and dangers in which they find themselves. I could see this book being used in a classroom setting both as a literature piece and as a geographical and historical resource. Stewart’s clever narrative draws you in and doesn’t let you go till the end!
    – Dawn Weaver, Reader’s Favorite Book Reviews – 5 Stars!

  • Kirkus Reviews
    August 21, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    n this series opener, Stewart offers nearly nonstop action, with escapades both perilous and amusing, and exhilarating hairsbreadth escapes. The conspiracy is bold and compelling while the plot folds in intriguing facts about British culture, history, and famous sites.
    – Kirkus Reviews

  • Parents Choice
    August 21, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Along with its relentless action and suspense, Stewart’s novel provides young readers with a wealth of information about British culture (with frequent references to literary classics) and the history of the Monarchy and the Anglican Church. Highly recommended, Britfield and the Lost Crown will appeal to both young readers and their parents.
    – Parents’ Choice Awards – Gold Medal Award

  • Autumn Reader Views Kids
    August 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    The story was everything the cover promised. I felt like I was in a kid’s version of Mission Impossible. I was on the edge of my seat with narrow escapes, daring plans and unexpected adversaries. After finishing the story, I liked looking back and remembering how far Tom and Sarah had come, the shocking truths they had learned and the new friends they made. Britfield and The Lost Crown, by C.R. Stewart is an amazing adventure that holds all kinds of surprises, and well worth reading.
    – Autumn, Age 14, Reader Views Kids

  • Childrens Literary Classics
    August 21, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Author C.R. Stewart’s Britfield & The Lost Crown is a thrilling tale with loads of adventure and unexpected twists that will captivate youth audiences.  Recommended for home and school libraries, this book earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
    Children’s Literary Classics – Gold Medal Award

  • Indie Reader
    August 21, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    C.R. Stewart’s BRITFIELD AND THE LOST CROWN is the tantalizing first installment in a series of exciting escapades about (supposed) orphan Tom and his friends, who dash about England on an unbelievable adventure to escape dire circumstances. With Stewart’s lively storytelling, relatable characters, and exceptional plot twists, this young adult tale creates a page-turning frenzy filled with delightful suspense.
    – IndieReader

  • Midwest Book Review
    August 21, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    A joy to read to the very last page, Britfield & The Lost Crown is a high-spirited saga, enthusiastically recommended for personal and public library young adult fiction collections.
    – Midwest Book Review

  • Eric Hoffer
    August 21, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    This fast-paced, vivid tale has many twists and turns which keep tween readers turning the pages.
    – Eric Hoffer Award

  • Booklife Prize
    August 21, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Capable and charismatic young characters escape the confines of an inhumane orphanage on a quest to uncover the truth about the protagonist’s parents. This is a far-flung adventure story that will readily interest the target audience. Stewart writes in clear, descriptive prose and integrates alluring and novel details that at times harkens back to an earlier era, an effect that offers an element of timelessness to the storytelling.
    – The Booklife Prize

  • Wayne Thomas Batson
    August 21, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    As a middle school English teacher of 28 years and a multiple bestselling author for middle grade books, I can honestly say Britfield and the Lost Crown has all the right stuff. Intriguing characters, foreshadowing, and suspense will draw readers in deep and have them gasping for breath for the next chapter and the next.
    – Wayne Thomas Batson, bestselling author of The Door Within Trilogy

  • Gina detwiler
    August 21, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Britfield & the Lost Crown is a truly wild ride for young readers—a blistering romp through London with two plucky orphans named Sarah and Tom who are being chased by nasty orphanage proprietors, a Scotland Yard detective, half the British police force and even members of the royal household. If you want your kids to learn some fascinating English history through an exciting adventure, this is the book for you. C.R. Stewart has done his homework (and it helps that he has a BA in British Literature and European History from Brown), fashioning a Dan Brown-esque adventure for middle-grade readers that includes a clever twist reminiscent of the works of Charles Dickens. In short, Britfield is tons of fun. Without giving away the ending, I was pleased to discover that the adventure will continue.
    – Gina Detwiler, co-author, The Prince Warriors series
    Author of the Forlorn series

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