Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Luxembourg Lightning Strike/Lightning Safety Week

It's Lightning Safety Week! In addition, on this day in 1807, lightning stuck an armory in Kirchberg, Luxembourg that was storing massive amounts of gunpowder. The explosion leveled 2 city blocks and killed over 300 people. To mark the day and to think about Lightning Safety, here's a list of books where lighting plays a major roll.


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. After getting attacked by his math teacher, Percy Jackson discovers he's actually a demigod-- the son of his mortal mother and Poseidon. Percy starts off at Camp Half-Blood, with the other demigods, but he's been blamed for stealing Zeus's lightning bolt and he and his new friends are on a cross-country quest to get it back. The first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, follow it with The Sea of Monsters.

Vanished Books One & Two: When Lightning Strikes; Code Name Cassandra by Meg Cabot. When Jessica is struck by lightning, she gets the ability to locate missing children. The FBI and local police are all over this, but the media attention causes a lot of problems in Jess's life. This omnibus edition contains the first 2 books of the Vanished series (previously published as 1-800-Where-R-You). Follow it with Vanished Books Three & Four: Safe House; Sanctuary.

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth. Mia has been struck by lightning several times and has become addicted to it. She lives in LA, because lightning rarely strikes there. But after a freak electrical storm causes an earthquake the destroys the city, different end-of-the-world cults develop. The different cults war with each other, but they both see Mia as the key.


Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer. When Maddy is struck by lightning, she wakes up as a zombie. Turns out some of her classmates are also zombies and can show her the ropes of her new life, including protecting the humans from some bad zombies. The first in the Living Dead Love Story series, follow it with Zombies Don't Forgive.

Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival by Arthur Slade. Newton lives in a bubble, because everyone in his family, for generations, has died from being struck by lightning. He leaves his bubble to go to Jerry Potts Academy for Survival, which he hopes will teach him the skills he needs to survive in the wild, despite his curse. He just has to survive school, first.

Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer. Carson Phillips thinks the best way to get into Northwestern is to start a literary magazine in his small, conservative town. But, the only way he can get anyone to write for it is by blackmail.

What are your lightning must reads?

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