A supposedly routine visit to the Nocturnal Academy by a Department of Education public servant was actually instigated by the mysterious Church of the Stigmata, who have set up in Appleton. They are actively recruiting new followers, including the mother of Alice Dibble's friend Nick and her own father's girlfriend Janice Cooper. They appear to want to close the Academy down, but are really after something else, an extremely powerful tome of Magick hidden within the school.
When Alice returns to school for term 2, Professor Abbacus devises a plan to sneak her into the church by disguising her beneath a magically enhanced holographic projector. She sits through a bizarre sermon, but at the end a strange monk appears and she realises he can detect her. It seems he is a technomage who shares Abbacus's affinity for machines.
An old schoolmate of Alice's returns to Appleton and claims he can help. Believing he can redeem himself, this boy tries to sneak into the Church of the Stigmata but is captured by the priest Father Donelli and the monk, a formidable Jesuit half-elf known as Marco the Hunter.
When her friend fails to return, Alice tries to tell Professor Abbacus the truth. Unfortunately he loses his temper with her, and she decides to save the boy on her own. She runs into the church - and discovers the true, horrible secret behind the Church of the Stigmata.
Nocturnal Academy 2 – Teacher’s Pet
Nocturnal Academy 3 – Immaterial Girl
Nocturnal Academy 4 – the Supernatural Circus
Nocturnal Academy 5 - Mage Against the Machine
Nocturnal Academy 7 - School of Thought
Nocturnal Academy 8 - The Lonely House
Nocturnal Academy 9 - Mirror Mirror
Nocturnal Academy 10 - The Nightmare Games
Nocturnal Academy 11 - Tunguska
Nocturnal Academy 12 – Wall of Fire
Nocturnal Academy 13 – When Gods Collide
Nocturnal Academy 14 – Infinite Times
Nocturnal Academy 15 – The Dark Magick Side of the Moon
Nocturnal Academy Omnibus – Books 1-3
Nocturnal University 1 - Higher Learning
Nocturnal University 2 - Course of Destruction
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Lockout, an action-packed futuristic adventure about teenagers who discover they have psychic powers.
By Ethan Somerville and Emma Daniels for teenagers:
Return to Atlantis, an exciting sci-fi romance about a girl who falls in love with a rock star who is really an exiled Atlantean rebel.
Dicing with the Universe: an exciting cyberpunk action-adventure for teenagers and young adults spanning three different time periods.