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Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?
nicest possible way.” Alex laughed. “Gee, thanks, Fletcher. And here I thought you said I was your favourite patient.” “I have no idea how you got that idea in your head, but you’re certainly my most frequent visitor.” He helped her stand, and after a momentary bout of dizziness, she was good to go. Bear and Jordan were called back in and given strict instructions to make sure she had a quiet night—to which they solemnly promised to take her straight to her room without supper. Fletcher wasn’t
professor asked Alex to try and use her gift. At first, Alex didn’t understand what she meant, but then she thought about how Gammy could outwardly share her peace with others. Alex wondered if perhaps one day she would be able to do the same sort of thing. After an hour of trying, it was her who was sweating, with no results to show from her effort. “Well, it’s something to practise, at least,” Marmaduke said as they finished up. “Something to work towards.” Alex didn’t even know if it was
putting one foot in front of the other. To her dismay, she had company. “You call that running? My grandmother can run faster than that!” She looked over her shoulder to see Finn jogging along behind her with some kind of metallic stick in his hand. “Faster!” he barked. She picked her pace up to a near-sprint, disgruntled by his pushiness. “I said, faster!” “I’m… going… as… fast… as… I… can!” she panted out. “Not good enough!” Alex felt a stinging sensation on her backside. It wasn’t
to do so every week. I doubt you’ll be smiling much then.” “I wasn’t—” she broke off, realising there was no point in defending herself. “And make sure you go and visit the Med Ward before dinner,” Karter ordered. “You’re a mess.” As a result of the extra time she’d been stuck on the obstacle course and her unplanned visit to see Fletcher, Alex didn’t have long before the food court was due to close for the night. She looked disgusting and probably smelled awful, but she was also starving. If
but her words were cut off when she yawned. “You should go to bed,” Jordan said. “You’re going to need your energy for the next two weeks.” “Holidays are meant to be relaxing,” she informed him. “You’ve never been on holiday with us before,” Bear said, grinning. “You might even need a holiday from your holiday.” Just the idea of it made Alex feel even more tired, so she bid them goodnight and stumbled up to her room. She was asleep before her head even hit the pillow. Twenty-Two “Excuse