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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45 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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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 Book

Review by blackraspberry

it was a good book but it's sad to

Mar 06, 2023 06:15 PM
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Review by chloerose

this was a great book but don't read it before bed or els it will give you nightmares

Jan 07, 2023 02:15 PM
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Bookworm 1000

Review by beads

A good read,but there is a plot twist :⁠-⁠)

Dec 06, 2022 09:04 PM
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is uber good book

Review by emmw2011

its awesome, entertaining, and it sucks u in

Dec 06, 2022 08:34 PM
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when lightn' struck review

Review by rlb2012

it was a good book

Nov 10, 2022 07:46 PM