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The Other Island, Book 3, (A Morgan Koda Adventure)
by Big Sky Press  Juls Duncan 

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Young Adult/Teen

Publisher:  Mythic Dragon Publishing ISBN-10:  1478239328 Type: 
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196

Copyright:  June 20, 2012 ISBN-13:  9781478239321
Fiction

Morgan Koda may hold the four elements of earth in the palm of her hand. But a little thunder storm might be her undoing.

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The island of Edenwiess is under attack from what seems to be a simple storm. However, lighting is striking repeatedly in the same location, over the vast volcano, causing those who are observing to realize that this is no typical storm, something evil is at work.

In order to save the magical world she loves, Morgan and her friends must return to the Island after their school has been evacuated. Not only will she place her life in peril, but those of her friends as well.
 
Morgan will go beyond the limits of her magic, and discovering the identity of the one responsible for the attack will leave her feeling betrayed.


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Tristan, Rex, and Raine piled up behind Morgan. Even though, he tried with all his might to stop. Tristan collided hard with Morgan’s back, causing her to stubble forward and tumble over Sonny’s broad back.
Morgan’s breath left her in a great whoosh as she toppled over the dog. Her hands shot out to catch herself. But she never met the soggy ground. She was floating in mid-air.
Tristan gawked.
Raine, however, stared wide eyed at Morgan as she hung there as though she was being supported by invisible wires. “You know… it’s not polite to show off your magical skills.” Raine said a little waspishly.
“AND…” Rex said a little maliciously “…Why in the bloody hell, do you think its Morgan doing the magic?” His voice grew louder and louder with each word.
Tristan and Raine whirled around to find Rex staring at them with both hands out before him and his finger spread wide toward Morgan.
“Sorry,” Raine muttered mortified.
“Think nothing of it.” Rex said good-naturedly.
“Umm, Rex?” Morgan said humorlessly. “Do you think you could let me down? I’m getting soaked.” Morgan’s voice sounded as though it was coming from underwater.
And sure enough, Morgan had water pouring from her hair and robes.
The rain was now so dense they could only see a few yards along the trail that led across the vast lawns.
Sonny stepped under Morgan and looked up. “I have a better idea” He said grinning, then added merrily, “We should just use her as an umbrella.”
Morgan glared down at the dog, “Very funny.” She said through clinched teeth.
“He’s got a point.” Rex said, rubbing his chin musingly. Then a bolt of lightning highlighted the bones in Morgan’s face.
Tristan turned to Rex with every intention of telling him to ‘knock it off’ before Morgan was struck by one of the many bolts flashing around her.
“Oh, alright,” Rex said, he didn’t want her hurt. The look Morgan was shooting him convinced him, she was about to undo his spell and he would find himself in her place.
He waved his hands.
Morgan dropped face first into the muck. Muddy water went flying in every direction. She gagged as her mouth filled with gritty water. She slowly raised her head and spat out the foul tasting grime.
Sonny had barely gotten out of the way as Morgan came crashing down; however, Tristan, Rex, Rain and Sonny were now as wet and muddy as she was.
Morgan slowly gained her feet and raised her face up into the pouring rain, rinsing most of the mud from her face and robes before she turned to face Rex. She barely opened her mouth before Rex was through the doorway and standing before her with his arms spread wide. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to drop you. You know I would never do that.” He pleaded.
Morgan knew he would in no way do anything to hurt her, but dropping her in the mud? - Maybe.



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The Other Island, Book 3, (A Morgan Koda Adventure)
The Other Island, Book Three, of the Morgan Koda Adventures Series is the latest in a series of books that will capture imaginations worldwide with good reason. Juls Duncan has created a loveable, likeable cast of characters with the requisite villains the reader just loves to hate. Morgan and her friends also find themselves in predicaments many children face: Unpleasant adults who seem to wish them nothing but trouble; mysterious actions of adults who do things without explanation; and the sense of learning to use your own abilities to succeed in life. "Take what is thrown at you and do your best to survive" is a strong theme throughout all of the Morgan Koda Adventure books.
It's not hard to see why kids enjoy these books. Children can easily identify with the characters, and the plots capture their imagination. Yet, though Juls Duncan has managed to create a heroine and friends who will endure, she has not fallen into a trap many authors of children's books face: Morgan is not eternally young, but is growing and learning. She's even learning of the perils and mysteries of socializing with non-humans. Wonder what else Juls Duncan has in store for our gutsy heroine....


The Other Island, Book 3
THE OTHER ISLAND is book filled with Juls Duncan's wonderful imagination; so much so, it cannot help but spur the imagination of those who read it. The book opens with Morgan being pinned to a classroom window at Edenwiess School of Magic, during a violent storm that is wreaking havoc on the tiny Hawaiian island.
There is as much humor in The Other Island as there is imagination. “Miss Koda, your parents will be here to pick you up in a few minutes. I need you to go to your dorm and collect your belongs, then come to my office.” but Morgan disobeys. "Spirit and the rest of the animals are the only things that my parents will be taking back with them.” She heads for the stables instead.
Morgan discovers there is something strange about the storm, “This is not just some little storm.” She must investigate and against her father's wishes. “You are to stay away from the island. Do you understand?
The book becomes as much a mystery as a fantasy, and it's up to Morgan and her friends, Tristan, Rex, and Raine to discover what is causing the storm, and to stop it. As with most good mysteries, the culprit is a surprise. Along the way, there are enough surprises and imaginative details thrown in.
The Other Island is a book that is a pleasure for readers of all ages, but for a child, it will prove to be a true and memorable joy.


The Other Island, Book 3, of the Morgan Koda Adventure Series.
THE OTHER ISLAND by Juls Duncan is wonderfully written, and will spur the imagination of those who read it.
My favorite part is where they tie up the bad guy (no, I won't tell you who he is) and them test an experiment on themselves. “Sure, but you know that was an accident - Right?” Only Juls Duncan could come up with that. Another show of Duncan's imagination is the arrival of the Hawaiian Nightmarchers. “I also read, some people believe, if you lie face down on the ground they won’t see you. Others, however, say this only works if you’re naked."
The book is a great mystery as well as an urban fantasy, where Morgan learns to trust her friends, Tristan, Rex, and Raine when her magic fails her once again.
I highly recommend all the books in the Morgan Koda Adventures series, I see the series becoming as popular as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter.


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Reader Reviews for "The Other Island, Book 3, (A Morgan Koda Adventure)"

Reviewed by Big Sky Press 7/23/2012
The Other Island, Book Three, of the Morgan Koda Adventures Series is the latest in a series of books that will capture imaginations worldwide with good reason. Juls Duncan has created a loveable, likeable cast of characters with the requisite villains the reader just loves to hate. Morgan and her friends also find themselves in predicaments many children face: Unpleasant adults who seem to wish them nothing but trouble; mysterious actions of adults who do things without explanation; and the sense of learning to use your own abilities to succeed in life. "Take what is thrown at you and do your best to survive" is a strong theme throughout all of the Morgan Koda Adventure books.
It's not hard to see why kids enjoy these books. Children can easily identify with the characters, and the plots capture their imagination. Yet, though Juls Duncan has managed to create a heroine and friends who will endure, she has not fallen into a trap many authors of children's books face: Morgan is not eternally young, but is growing and learning. She's even learning of the perils and mysteries of socializing with non-humans. Wonder what else Juls Duncan has in store for our gutsy heroine....



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