|Casey Jackson doesn’t like her new town, or her new school. Her family moved when her dad was transferred to a new base. Her mom, a talented artist, has finally lost touch with the world around her and has been institutionalized. Casey wants her old school back, her old friends back, and most importantly she wants her mom back.
But Casey has more than just school to worry about. The doctors say that her mom’s condition is usually hereditary, and Casey has seen some glimpses of strange things out of the corner of her eye. She’s terrified that her mind is going just the way her mom’s did.
Then one day Casey literally falls into another world. Her school and town have been replaced by a beautiful landscape filled with magical creatures. Befriended by a handsome elf who calls himself Roderick and introduced to The Bright Lands, a realm of wizards and creatures of magic. Roderick helps Casey find her way home, which he refers to as the Grey lands, and in the process they discover that Casey has the gift of magic.
She returns home to discover that students have gone missing from her school and the entire community is in a panic. Casey’s friends, the school misfits, notice a change in her and ask her what is going on. She finally spills the story to them and is surprised when they believe her. When one of Casey’s friends disappears at school and she detects the traces of magic, the trail leads them all to the Bright Lands looking for answers and trying to rescue their friend. When the clues indicate that a dark wizard is kidnapping the children to steal their creative potential from them, it seems that Casey and her friends may have bit off more than they can chew.
Can Casey and her friends rescue the missing children? Can Casey learn to control her magic and defeat the dark wizard? Can any of them get home from this alive?
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