Odessa, Texas, 1928. With his dad killed by a lightning strike and his mom in jail, no wonder 11-year-old James feels like he’s cursed. But can an old family mystery and a new friend change his luck?
Ages 10+
Pages 266
Publisher Kar-Ben
Coming Feb 2022
PJ Our Way Author Incentive Award Winner

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54 Reviews

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Mysterious and meaningful!

Review by Jonah

I liked how there is so much mystery and history to James’ family. I recommend this book to someone who likes reading mysteries.

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When Lightnin’ Struck by Natalie

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When Lightnin’ Struck by Natalie
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History mystery

Review by Linus

When Lightnin’ struck By Betsy Rosenthal is an amazing book with lots of mysteries. Follow the adventures of James and his best friend Paul as they face bullies, family troubles, and dealing with their past. Some of the content is sad or hard to understand for younger children so this book may be better for kids who are ready for more mature topics.

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Good but way to predictable

Review by elicht

I liked the books message and I like that it had interesting history, but everything was way too obvious. I don’t know if that was just me, but if you want a book where the main character figures stuff out himself, you might not like this. Other than that great book

Oct 09, 2023 03:49 PM
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when lightning struck

Review by RReader

it was kind of b boring but had some good parts

Oct 05, 2023 08:54 PM
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Review by EmeraldFox

It was fine

Aug 25, 2023 09:47 AM
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Good book!

Review by PJPanther

It was really interesting and there were a lot of twists. I definitely recommend this book.

Jun 21, 2023 05:31 PM
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Great Book!

Review by Beareader

It was really sad and mysterious. It had you on the edge of your seat! I recommend this book.

Jun 03, 2023 12:44 AM