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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Claire's dad has left them and her mom seems to be falling apart. Claire likes a boy and wants the part of Ophelia in the school's upcoming production of Hamlet, but both the boy and the role are in the clutches of Lucy, the most popular girl in school. When Claire's mom sends her out for soup on a stormy winter day, it does not seem that life could get much worse. Then she picks up the umbrella. In a flash, her luck seems to change. Claire starts getting everything she thought she wanted, but the consequences do not seem so wonderful after all. The limited vocabulary and brevity of this book will appeal to readers with interests at the middle- and upper-grade levels but with lower reading skills. The plot is fast paced and there is action in every scene. However, it is never clear whether the umbrella was magical or not. The whimsical, fantastical tone did not balance with the serious consequences. Divorce, depression, and life-threatening accidents deserve more weight than this story provides. The effects of her mother's depression on Claire are shown well; however, the recovery is simplified and could give false expectations to readers in similar situations. Struck bounces between edgy YA and lighthearted, middle-grade fantasy but does not blend the two as well as other urban fantasies. The lack of a smooth consistency leaves an unsettled impression. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
CM Magazine
"The story line is believable, with an ending that gives hope to readers, especially those whose parents are in a similar situation to Claire's. The novel moves quickly with lots of dialogue between Claire and her parents…This helps reluctant readers keep with the flow of the story and not get bogged down with unnecessary details. Recommended."
Library Media Connection
"Loughead does a wonderful job of adding a little flavor of magic into realistic fiction…The lesson in following your conscience is well presented. Recommended."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"This light-hearted story will interest girls who have been through the emotional drama that is the life of a teen."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554692125
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 122
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Deb Loughead is the author of more than twenty-five books for children and young adults. Her books have been translated into seven languages, and her award-winning poetry and adult fiction have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications. In addition to writing, Deb has conducted workshops and held readings at schools, festivals and conferences across the country. She has written and directed children’s plays and taught creative writing classes for adults in Toronto. Deb lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

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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!

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Teen girl will like this one

    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.

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