Nate Harlow has never had a lucky day in his life. He’s never won a prize, he’s never been picked first, he’s never even won a coin toss. His best friend, Genesis Beam (aka Gen), believes in science and logic, and she doesn’t think for one second that there’s such a thing as luck, good or bad. But only an extremely unlucky person could be struck by lightning on his birthday… and that person is Nate Harlow. By some miracle, though, Nate survives, and the strike seems to have changed his luck. Suddenly, Nate’s grandpa is the busiest fisherman in their small, beachside town. And Nate finds himself the center of attention, the most popular kid at school, the one who hits a game-winning home run! This lucky streak can’t last forever, though, and as a hurricane draws close to the shores of Paradise Beach, Nate and Gen may need more than just good luck to save their friendship and their town: They need a miracle.
I sat down to read Lucky Strike thinking it would take me forever, as most middle-grade fictions tend to, because I’m a bit ADD when reading them. Not even halfway through the book my daughter and I were arguing over how fast I could turn the pages.
What I liked: Lucky Strike is a great adventure for all ages! Not only did my middle-grade daughter and I love it but my older reluctant reader sat down with it when we were done & my younger nephews want me to read it to them!
What made this book so much fun were the characters. I really liked each of them and the reality of their circumstances. To me there were periods of “this reminds me of…” but even then I enjoyed this more and liked the ending MUCH BETTER!
This is an absolute do not miss for middle-graders!
What I didn’t like: The only thing about this book that bugs me is that Gen is the daughter of a pastor and I while I was reading I felt that God played too small a part in Nate’s “luck”.
|Source:||This book was mailed to me from Premier Virtual Author Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.|
|Setting:||Paradise Beach, Florida Gulf|
|This Counts for these Challenges:||2015 Let Me Count The Ways Reading Challenge, 2015 New Authors Reading Challenge, 2015 Women Challenge, Monthly Mix-up Mania, 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge|
Her first book, a novel for teens titled The Ring (WestSide Books), was published in October of 2009. Her second book, A Dog?s Way Home (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books), was published to starred reviews in March of 2011. The Dog Writers Association of America recently awarded Bobbie the Maxwell Medal of Excellence and the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award.? It was also named a Banks Street Best Books of the Year.
Bobbie Pyron’s book, The Dogs of Winter (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic), came out October of 2012. The Dogs of Winter is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Kirkus Best 100 Children?s Books of the Year. Bobbie lives in Park City, Utah with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.
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