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Joshua and the Lightning Road

(Lightning Road #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.

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 fri
Paperback, 278 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Tantrum Books/Month9Books
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Donna Galanti Chris, it will release in trade paperback - so not "hard cover" but printed paperback. I hope that works for you! I prefer print myself over e-book. :…moreChris, it will release in trade paperback - so not "hard cover" but printed paperback. I hope that works for you! I prefer print myself over e-book. :) Joshua and the Lightning Road will be available for pre-order soon and watch for my awesome giveaway with that! I'll post it here via my blog. (less)

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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I thought – 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. Ga ...more
Liz Brooks
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to Donna Galanti for giving me a free copy of her book and to Literary Rambles for hosting said giveaway! I received this book in the mail on Friday and finished it on Saturday, so I’m pretty proud of myself for getting to the review so quickly. Does this mean I get a gold sticker?

Rating: Three out of Five Stars—Good

Now, let me just say, I really, REALLY, wanted to give this book four stars. After all, I don’t like tearing apart a fellow writer’s work. I know how it feels to receive c
Alex  Baugh
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
Twelve year old Joshua Cooper has been living with his grandfather, Bo Chez, ever since he was a baby. The two have always moved a lot, but now they are once again settled in a new place and Joshua finally has a best friend.

Or he does until one night very stormy night. While playing a fateful game of Hide and Seek, Joshua sees his best friend grabbed by a hand and suddenly disappear out the attic window in a burst of bright lightning right in front of his eyes. Then, after Finn disappears, Josh
Michelle Isenhoff
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Joshua and the Lightning Road is a middle grade fantasy adventure with similarities to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The premise is summarized nicely in an excerpt from Leandro’s History of Our People, a book within the book: “The Olympians heirs [of ancient gods] believed their time had come to an end, when one discovered that mortal children of Earth had powers to fuel their world. And so began the stealing of these children for vile purposes.” Twelve-year-old Joshua i ...more
Laura Thomas
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Marlene Moss
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Joshua and the Lightning Road is a wonderfully imaginative adventure filled with family love, best friends, a new world, and frightening beasts. And, of course, horrible bad guys! Everything a middle grade reader will love.

Joshua is a bit of a misfit as he and his grandfather move often, but now he’s got a best friend. Until lightning strikes and his buddy Finn disappears! The only way to save Finn seems to be to beg the lightning to strike again and take Joshua. He arrives in a horrible world,
Trudy Zufelt
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Joshua never understood why his grandfather repeatedly warned him about lightning. But when he and his best friend, Finn get too close to the windows during a terrible storm, his grandfather's warnings take on new meaning. In a flash of lightning, Finn is snatched through the window. A hand grabs Joshua as well and the pair are taken to another realm where they must work as slaves to provide the energy to power the strange world.

Even worse, the two friends are separated and Joshua must devise a
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love middle grade stories like this one! A fun, fast-paced adventure story with themes that run the gamut from friendship to bravery, Joshua and the Lightning Road was a story I plan to share with my younger cousins and nieces and nephews, especially the boys!

Who knew the true danger of lightning? Joshua sure didn't, regardless of all of the warnings his grandpa, Bo Chez, has given him. When his best friend, and then himself, are grabbed by a pair of hands and taken, Joshua wishes he would
Peggy Tibbetts
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twelve year-old Joshua Cooper lives with his grandpa, Bo Chez. The old man likes to tell stories about Greek gods and Storm Masters. His rules are simple. Stay indoors, away from windows during lightning storms. And never touch the crystal orb locked in the case on the shelf. Then one stormy night when Joshua and his friend Finn are home alone, a bolt of lightning smashes through the window. In a blue flash his friend disappears. Joshua has no choice but to retrieve the orb and use it to find Fi ...more
Amy Holiday
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Saw the author at a South Jersey Writers' Group Meeting! And then we read for our YA book club (Yes, it's Middle Grade but most of us are SJWG members :)

I liked it a lot. I'm a sucker for retellings, so the idea of a re-imagined Olympus where the Gods have fallen and their demigod descendents have run the world into despair was fantastic to me.

There were a lot of characters though, and strange beasts, and I kept getting them all confused. The story moved *lightning* fast (har), which was a bit
C. McKenzie
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an action-packed adventure mixed with futuristic creatures and ancients myths. You can't beat that for an exciting combination.

Follow Joshua as he changes from a kidnapped victim to a hero, saving his friend and other stolen children to return them to earth via the Lightning Road.

There are many interesting characters and fantastical creatures. Some are good and others are evil. All are exciting and young readers will enjoy the tale as it unfolds.

It seems there's the promise of more adv
Apr 01, 2014 added it
A fun and innovative adventure story, Joshua and the Lightning Road takes the reader on an unforgettable ride.
I don't read kids books for the most part with the exception of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl and H.I.V.E but when I saw the gorgeous covers I was so tempted to read it even though it was way outside of my comfort zone. I mean look at that amazing fox! There was lots of imagination in the plot with child snatchers and auctions, fire breathing foxes, scary creatures and bad guys. As a kid I would have loved this kind of read, I have no doubts about that. There was nothing much wrong with the actual ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, childrens
Joshua and the Lightning Road has to be one of the best books I've read in years. Donna Galanti is brilliant with her story telling and I was captivated by the tale after just a few chapters. This was a wonderful, magical read that draws you in almost immediately. Fast paced action with twists and turns along the way. Kudos to such a fine author. ...more
Kerry Gans
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 c
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
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. Peopl ...more
Michael Mohr
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I am not a reader of sci-fi or fantasy, especially middle grade books in this category. However, Donna Galanti’s “JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD” (2015) was a game changer. Her novel hooked me right away, from page one, and never released its grip. I cared about the main character, wanted to know what would happen next, and found myself rooting for Joshua throughout the journey. Carefully and adeptly plotted, expertly tense and conflict-based, and with a voice that will suck you right ...more
Emily Andrus
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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 ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This turned out to be a really good book. It's full of adventure! A great choice of book for young readers. Perfect for anyone who is unsure about reading as the story really reels you in.

*I received a copy of this book for free. The review is my own,honest and unsolicited.
Bret Jarvis
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I enjoyed this and look forward to passing it on.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
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
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Donna Galanti is the author of the middle grade adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road, which the Midwest Book Review called, “a heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish”. She’s also the author of the follow up, Joshua and the Arrow Realm, and writes the popular Unicorn Island series that School Library Journal says, “fans of unicorns and magic in the re ...more

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