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Joshua and the Lightning Road
     

Joshua and the Lightning Road

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by Donna Galanti
 

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Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper's grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa's rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of

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Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper's grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa's rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever. To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won't be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him. In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua's mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.

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"Vividly imagined characters in a gripping action fantasy that never lets you go until the very last page."  —Jenny Nimmo, author, Midnight for Charlie Bone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781942664314
Publisher:
Month9Books, LLC
Publication date:
05/19/2015
Series:
Lightning Road
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
278
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Donna Galanti is a lifelong writer. She grew up in England, where she attended school in a magical castle where her imagination ran wild in an itchy uniform (bowling hat and tie included). She lives in Pennsylvania.

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Joshua and the Lightning Road 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
I’ve read other books by this author and was curious how she’d do with a children’s fantasy. She did just fine. In the beginning there were two twelve year old boys playing in an attic on a dark and stormy night. Then the lightning struck. Finn was gone. And there was only one. Joshua must find Finn and bring him safely home. He must follow the Lightning Road. So he borrows an artifact from his grandfather’s collection and begins a dangerous, wonderous adventure. Joshua awakens in a pit, surrounded by other children. It’s soon explained to him he’s in the Lost Realm of Nostos, that they are all slaves to be sold for labor. They can never go home again and anyone trying to run will be dealt with swiftly. But Joshua is determined to find Finn and do just that, go home. Yet, as he flees the pit and meets other kids on the run, his plan becomes bigger. Now he has to save all the kids. And the path he has to take leads away from home, towards the danger. This story is filled with amazing and terrifying creatures and a cast of characters that bring this world to life. The addition of Greek mythology makes it even more fascinating and mysterious. And the secrets surrounding some crucial characters adds to the suspense. I drew on movies like The Lord of the Rings and Percy Jackson to visual this world and the inhabitants created by the author. It led to a darker, richer experience. Fans of fantasy adventures will eat this up.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
The descriptions in this book were so vivid I could feel, smell and envision the setting. The characters were solid. Joshua was totally believable. He had all the right characteristics of a great main character – brave, smart and kind, but he also acted like the kid he is. The world Ms. Galanti created can be totally frightening at times, but it is done in a way that is kid-friendly. I personally found the whole idea of a “child collector” terrifying, but also intriguing. Ms. Galanti’s writing style pulls the reader along, answering questions about the story but then revealing new questions. It really keeps you reading. The story has a lot of action but also a great plot line that strings everything together. The ending is satisfying but leaves the reader wanting to get into the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In her debut children’s book, Donna Galanti takes middle grade by storm—literally. Just as her hero gets sucked onto the lightning road, JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD sucks the reader into a non-stop adventure. From the initial flash of lightning to the book’s electrifying end, Galanti’s eerie Lost Realm of Nostos is fresh, scary, and deep. Richly atmospheric, the landscape teems with creepy monsters ready to devour Joshua and his friends as they battle the evil of fallen Greek gods. Watch out though! While running from the cadmean beast, you may fall off the edge of the world. Galanti deftly draws her characters. Joshua is full of tumultuous emotions, questioning himself and his ability to be anything heroic. Each of his friends is individual, differentiated by voice and quirks. Joshua’s grandfather is larger than life, a mystery to be solved. The villains also leap off the page, relatable even as we root for their downfall. The cast blends together perfectly to help (and hinder) Joshua in his quest to rescue his best friend from the Child Collectors. Imaginative, vivid, and dazzling, Galanti’s JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD takes the reader on a journey that is not just physical. Joshua faces demons within as well as without as his world shatters around him. While fighting for his life and his freedom, Joshua redefines his concepts of loyalty, friendship, home, and family. On his adventure to find his stolen friend, Joshua finds himself. JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD is a juggernaut of a thrill ride, hurling the reader through chills, thrills, horror, and hope—perfect for the young adventurer in your life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an action-packed adventure with every chapter! Galanti has quite skillfully written a plot that keeps you guessing, giving just enough information and background for it to make sense. The characters are pretty fantastic, too, though I did find myself getting frustrated with Joshua on occasion when I felt he was being a tad imperceptive (though I guess he had good reason to be pretty emotional—he goes through a lot). My other trouble was with the setting, and I felt a little lost between the different realms or places of enslavement. I did wish for a rough map or something at the beginning, but I think I got it by the end. Speaking of which, it had a great ending, with just enough pull for more books in the series. I do recommend it, especially for fans of the Percy Jackson series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joshua and his best friend, Finn, are busy playing when an intense storm hits. Joshua's grandfather needs to run out for a minute, and he tells them to come inside and stay away from the windows. Unfortunately, when rules get broken- bad things happen. When Finn is snatched through the window by a hand from the sky, Joshua doesn't know what to do, other than taunt the hand so it grabs him too. The world where they wind up is riddled with fallen gods, goddesses, and lots of old magic. Joshua has no idea how to navigate the strange land, and it gets worse when he and Finn are separated. He needs to find his friend and get back home. But the children in this land are slaves and, they're worked to the bone. Joshua and his new friend, Charlie, are sent to into the  service of Hecate, a most wicked boss. On his quest to find Finn, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road, and he encounters a “child collector” whose job is to steal children and make sure they can’t escape. He also must battle creatures that he's never even heard of before. It turns out there's more to his own family than he ever knew. Can Joshua figure out who he is, and what has really  been happening all his life? Will he ever find Finn? Is there any way to get back to his home? You'll have to read this mythological  tale to find out! Joshua and the Lightning Road by Donna Galanti is a book that I would recommend to anybody who enjoys mythology. Joshua is a character that kids and adults will be able to relate to because he's brave, scared and stubborn. These are qualities most of us  demonstrate at one point or another. I like the way that myths were interwoven into the story. Kids who don’t know a lot about mythology will still be able to enjoy and understand the story, but those who know more will have an added bonus. People who like a lot of action  and adventure will be thrilled with the battle scenes, which are scary, but not too scary. I like the themes of friendship and family that  run throughout the book, as well as honesty and building trust. The book is fast paced and intriguing. I was satisfied with the way the story ended. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and finding out what happens next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the idea of a 'lightning road', that description elicits a whole slew of ideas of what could happen in the story. To me it promised adventure and action in this story, and I think it delivered. I liked how the author intertwined the Greek mythology parallels with the story. I had hoped to see more of the gods but we only get one or two and the rest are their descendants. I like Joshua, he's a good main character, a typical twelve-year-old boy. He handles things in a believable manner and I like that he doesn't hide his feelings. He has good morals and sticks to them. I liked seeing Joshua make all his friends and how loyal they are to each other. Loved seeing that in books. While this is great, I have a complaint that there were only two women in this story! Yes, there are other women mentioned, but they never appeared and they were only talked about. There are only two females who Joshua encounters and the main one is a bad person. I know this book is primarily aimed at young male readers but come on, boys can read about boys being friends with girls too! The pacing is quick. If you're a speed reader, you can definitely read it in one sitting. The writing is didn't quite affect me as I wanted, it was blunt and didn't click with me emotionally. I feel like it could have been written in a clearer manner because sometimes I had to re-read a scene to completely understand what happened. While the writing was short and fast this reads more as a steady adventure. I didn't feel like there were huge stakes in this book to make me squirm with excitement but I did feel like this book read for a middle schooler so it's entertaining. However, as an adult reading this, you may see some flaws in the story that may irk you in terms of common sense. I wanted to like this book much more than I did. Something just fell a little short of it for me. It could have been some of the loose ends when I finished the book. It didn't feel like a satisfying ending for me. This may be because I'm an adult reading a MG book but I tried not to let that affect my judgement as I read. I just didn't feel as emotionally invested in the story as I wish I could have been. I think Joshua and his friends are good characters but I feel the execution just didn't quite make the story for me. Still, this is a book that a young reader can enjoy if they are open to the adventures in another world and are fond of books parallel to Greek mythology. 2.5 out of 5 rating for me! (A copy was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)
Randi0 More than 1 year ago
Joshua and the Lightning Road is mythological thrill ride. From the very first chapter to the exciting climax, I found myself cheering out loud for Joshua, Chez and his new friends. Galanti spins a tale of another world with history, present and future that is creative, dark and mystical. Plus she gracefully weaves in heartfelt relationships that will leave you wanting more. This book is perfect for young boys and girls, and will intrigue adults as well, because it is a story they will get lost in, and they will finish wanting to visit the Lightning Road.