Struck by Lightning!
Author: Stephen Person
Age Group: 7-12
On July 26, 2003, mountain-climber Rod Liberal was nearing the summit of Grand Teton Mountain in
Wyoming. As Rod clung to the side of a granite cliff, he saw dark clouds rolling toward him. Suddenly,
there was a burst of light as a bolt of lightning struck his chest and blew him off the mountain. Attached
to the cliff by a rope, he swung in the air thousands of feet above the ground. Would Rod be able to hold
on until rescue rangers arrived to save him? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the
experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger—-and lived to tell their stories. Kids will
discover the causes and characteristics of lightning strikes, and learn about scientific advances in
weather forecasting and safety precautions. Safety tips show young readers what to do in case they're
caught in a thunderstorm.
Students with a penchant for the extreme will relish the dangerous situations described in these fact-filled
works, whose first-person accounts add nail-biting immediacy. The books describe some of the same
threats as those covered in ABDO's "Weather Watchers," but here the pitch of the content and the
appetite of the audience are a perfect match. While focusing on one survivor's experiences before, during,
and after events such as Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Chicago's deadly 1995
heat wave, the books also relate the history of the event and similar disasters, and scientific cause and
effect. While the authors don't gloss over human suffering, including the poverty that exacerbated
tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina, they refrain from political commentary. Large, clear color
photographs and effective scientific diagrams add to the successful presentations.