TITLE: Joshua & The Lightning
GENRE: MG Fantasy
I was twelve the summer that lightning stole my best friend.
Lightning. Pretty amazing stuff, you say, right? Sure, if you don't know any better like everyone else. But not me.
And if you're a kid reading this who thinks lightning is awesome, think again.
When it strikes you better not be alone.
And if it's nighttime throw back the covers, leap out of your bed and run. Run fast down the hallway and jump into your parent's bed, no matter how old you are. Don't wait until the Lightning Road gets you, because if it does you may never get home again.
My name is Joshua Cooper and the story I'm about to tell you will change your world.
If it hadn't been raining that August day we wouldn't be here right now talking about weird stuff like lightning that zaps you without burning you to a crisp. Or magical wolves that growl at you with red, glowing eyes. Or ravens that swoop down to carry you away. Or monster fish that hide in creeks and spear you with their tusks. Weird stuff all right. But, we'll get to that later. And it was raining that day. An ordinary day, really. Rain, thunder and lightning. No big deal.
My new best friend, Steven, was coming over to spend the night. I say new because we had just moved here. The ‘we' being, me and my grandfather or ‘Bo Chez' as I call him. It's short for Big Cheese.