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The Lightning Catcher, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kids battle severe weather in mild, whimsical fantasy.

Book Anne Cameron Fantasy 2013
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You can't not compare THE LIGHTNING CATCHER to Harry Potter. Perilous is a secret school, and 11-year-old Angus has a magical ability. And the names of all the characters are just as whimsical as J.K. Rowling's. And two boys and a girl are friends, etc... But author Cameron's world is missing something.

She's having so much fun making up clever kinds of fog (they are pretty great) that she makes the clues to the big mystery a bit too easy to spot. She also doesn't fill readers in on why students study fog all the time and what all the crazy lightning catcher inventions are really trying to do. Will they save us all from global warming? That'd be pretty heroic. There's a villain that gets away, and Angus still has to find his parents, so maybe somewhere in the next three installments the author will, ahem, clear the fog a bit.

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