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Catherine Zobal Dent

Start Date

27-4-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

27-4-2021 12:00 AM

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My departmental honors project in Creative Writing is the first twelve chapters of my YA novel The Island on the Other Side, set between 2015 New York and the contemporary fictional island of Aversum. When fifteen-year-old Anya Gregory breaks into the storage room her grandmother has kept locked all Anya’s life, she finds a Portal to another dimension. Things only get crazier. Her grandmother, Cassie, comes home from a spontaneous business trip only to collapse and fall into a coma. Anya’s best friend Jam is acting weird, and his mom seems to have as many secrets as Cassie does; and then, Jam’s math teacher Mr. Matthews shows up with stories about a kingdom where people have superpowers and might be able to save Cassie from dying. The only problem is that the kingdom is locked behind a Portal that hasn’t worked in fourteen years. Except, somehow, Anya knows how to fix it. Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Gregoria, fourteen-year-old Princess Evangeline is planning a revolution. More than a decade ago, on the day Evangeline was born, King Dragaron II of neighboring Draconia invaded and killed the Royal Family—Evangeline’s parents and older sister—leaving only Evangeline alive. Now, Evangeline is engaged to his son, trusted by his wife, and conspiring with the queen’s advisor to overthrow the Draconians and take back her country. And once the Gregorian Portal comes back to life, she thinks she can get some much-needed assistance from the world on the other side.

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The Island on the Other Side: A Novel Excerpt

My departmental honors project in Creative Writing is the first twelve chapters of my YA novel The Island on the Other Side, set between 2015 New York and the contemporary fictional island of Aversum. When fifteen-year-old Anya Gregory breaks into the storage room her grandmother has kept locked all Anya’s life, she finds a Portal to another dimension. Things only get crazier. Her grandmother, Cassie, comes home from a spontaneous business trip only to collapse and fall into a coma. Anya’s best friend Jam is acting weird, and his mom seems to have as many secrets as Cassie does; and then, Jam’s math teacher Mr. Matthews shows up with stories about a kingdom where people have superpowers and might be able to save Cassie from dying. The only problem is that the kingdom is locked behind a Portal that hasn’t worked in fourteen years. Except, somehow, Anya knows how to fix it. Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Gregoria, fourteen-year-old Princess Evangeline is planning a revolution. More than a decade ago, on the day Evangeline was born, King Dragaron II of neighboring Draconia invaded and killed the Royal Family—Evangeline’s parents and older sister—leaving only Evangeline alive. Now, Evangeline is engaged to his son, trusted by his wife, and conspiring with the queen’s advisor to overthrow the Draconians and take back her country. And once the Gregorian Portal comes back to life, she thinks she can get some much-needed assistance from the world on the other side.

 

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