The Secret Portal (Volume 1)
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Room Thirteen might be the smallest bedroom at Earls Boarding School, but newcomers Jack and Simon soon discover that there's far more to their new room than meets the eye when they discover a hidden portal – a portal which leads to another school in the fifth dimension! The boys quickly find themselves involved in a variety of wonderful and exciting adventures when they start using the portal and meet some of the other-worldly students who are studying there. They make many new and unusual friends including an inept witch, a student from Venus, two ghosts, a nutty gnome and even an angel. However, things take an unexpected – and frightening – turn when a ruthless and bloodthirsty vampire from the alternative universe also discovers the portal and threatens to bring terror to the human race. It is left to Jack, Simon and their new friends to find a way of saving the world from the wrath of the vampire, the fearsome Gladstone Gore. Yet how will they manage...when the invisibility potion is running dry, the apprentice Witch spells disaster by turning friends into mice, and trainee shape shifters just can't seem to master their skills? And on top of all this the two resident bullies at Earls are constantly prowling the corridors! Reno Charlton casts a spell that will leave you breathless from suspense on one page and from laughter on the next.
skinny boy cowering by the wall. “Give them back to him, Tate. You’ll break them if you keep doing that,” yelled Jack, bravely making a lunge for the glasses. However, Kevin, who was a lot taller than both Dean and Jack, simply held his hand up higher so that they were out of reach and pushed Jack roughly aside and into a group of passing first years who edged nervously away from the situation, not wanting to get involved. “Ooh, aren’t we a loyal chum?” he mocked, putting on a high-pitched,
approached him with the potion. “No, I won’t be needing that,” he said, sounding a little pompous. “What are you up to Orka?” Clarissa asked, looking at him with suspicion. “Well, since I'm not able to use my powers of transmogrification within the academy, I thought I could have a little shape-shifting practise whilst I was here,” he replied. Clarissa shrugged and began to dab the potion onto herself instead. “Well, whatever you intend to do, do it now,” urged Simon, who was getting more and
well … frankly, a little mad I’m afraid,” explained Orka stepping forward again. “He’s one of the Gnome Helpers here at the academy—he fetches and carries and so forth for the teachers throughout lesson times.” “Academy … gnome … where exactly are we?” asked Jack, looking aghast. “I think it might be a little easier if I explain about HURASTAC first,” said Orka. “Hura-what? Where?” Simon frowned, clearly getting increasingly tired and grumpy by the second as he waited for the dream to come to
This is a dream, right?” Orka looked a little concerned. “That’s the strange thing,” he replied. “As far as we know, no humans have ever entered into here before now. You see, this academy is in another dimension from your own. None of the students or teachers are allowed — or even able — to cross over into your world, and likewise people from your world are unable to cross into ours. Or at least that’s how it’s been for centuries, until now…” his voice trailed off dramatically. “So what was
induction to the school over the next day or two. Now, we just have two more pupils to arrive who have not yet registered and then I will do a proper introduction and we can get the ball rolling,” she announced, pursing her thin lips in a cold smile and looking around the room. “The two we are waiting for are Jack Gray and Simon Bentley. Have either arrived whilst I have been away from the registration desk?” “Er—yes Miss Gravelly. I’m Jack Gray.” Jack stepped forward nervously, conscious of the