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!
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|Joshua and the Lightning Road will be out May 19th. |
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