Struckby Deb Loughead
Claire's life is a mess. She's failing math, her depressed mother won't get off the couch, Eric, the boy of her dreams, is dating her nemesis Lucy. While Claire is wishing her life were better, lightning strikes. Soon afterward, everything changes. With Lucy in the hospital and out of the way, Claire attracts Eric's attention and gets the starring role in the school play. But good fortune has a cost: her newly energized mother reconciles with her deadbeat dad, the dream boy turns out to be a dud and Claire feels terrible guilt about gaining everything Lucy has lost. But how can Claire turn it around when lightning only strikes once?
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First there was a brilliant flash of what could only have been lightning. I shrieked as a sharp pins-and-needles jolt shot up my arm. I was so shocked that I dropped the umbrella. My hands were shaking, my whole body vibrating. And my heart was thumping hard. It was almost like a brush with death!
Meet the Author
Deb Loughead is the author of more than thirty-five books for children and young adults. Her books have been translated into seven languages. She has also written and directed children's plays and taught creative writing classes. Deb lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.debloughead.ca.
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Just when Claire thinks nothing else could possibly go wrong in her life, she is struck by lightning. And all because she fished that umbrella from the trash can. But the lightning strike seems to have made things finally go her way--her nemesis is hospitalized, her grades get better, and her crush starts paying attention to her. This light-hearted story will interest girls who have been through the emotional drama that is the life of a teen. The supernatural/fantasy element brought about by the lightning strike didn't sit with me but I'm far removed from the teen scene.