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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1070L (What's this?)
  • Series: Lightning Catcher (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062112767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062112767
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-It's an amazingly familiar premise: a boy with absent parents and unusual abilities finds himself in a school that teaches arcane knowledge, where he makes friends and enemies, experiences all kinds of eerie and dangerous goings-on, discovers secrets he isn't supposed to know, and fights the most dangerous and evil villain in the world. Angus McFangus, 11, has been living with his Uncle Max while his parents supposedly do something for an unnamed government office. After he receives a strange letter from his mother, he is whisked off to the Perilous Exploratorium for Weather and Vicious Storms on the mysterious Isle of Imbur. There, he is told by Principal Dark-Angel that he must lie about his identity, and he meets Ron and Hermione-oops, I mean Dougal and Indigo. He's thrown into training to become one of the "lightning catchers," special agents who "protect mankind from the ravages of weather at its most cruel and extreme." Storms of newts, killer fogs, and wacky weather attacks of all sorts are the norm. The Isle of Imbur and all the weather-weirdness are interesting, but the rest feels tired and overdone.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Imagine being pulled from your regular life and sequestered in a special school where your heretofore undiscovered talents are shaped and polished, all in the interest of saving the world for good. In a new treatment of a familiar trope, Angus McFangus is taken in the middle of the night to the Isle of Imbur (not found on any map), where he will study as a lightning catcher at the Perilous Exploratorium for Violent Weather and Vicious Storms. There he makes friends and enemies, encounters adults who may or may not be trustworthy, discovers startling truths about his family history, and faces his own mysterious destiny. In this first of a planned four-book series, Cameron establishes a fascinating, albeit narrowly focused, mythology around weather, mixing serious science with full-on fantasy, and readers will do well to have a dictionary (or keyboard) at hand to learn the truth about such strange-sounding phenomena as custard winds and graupel. With a motley collection of instructors, dangerous lightning dragons, a cinematic setting, and all manner of malevolent treachery, this fantastical adventure will find a wide audience. Grades 4-7. --Thom Barthelmess

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DH on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"The Lightning Catcher" is a brilliant book. It's exciting, clever, action-packed from start to finish, and races along at a cracking pace. The three main characters, Angus (who is a Storm Prophet), Dougal (a bit of a nerd) and Indigo (who has a dark secret), are highly likeable, and the dialogue is so funny at times it made me laugh out loud.

Together they must stop the villainous Scabious Dankhart -- who has already kidnapped Angus's parents -- from discovering the whereabouts of the secret Lightning Vaults, or he will unleash the never-ending storm kept inside, and gain world domination.

It's all great stuff, but in particular I loved the showers of newts and frogs, the fire dragon, storm globes, fog mites and the ingenious names. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well-written story full of thrilling adventures and lots of fun. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 12, 2013
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More entertaining than I expected. Some unexpected twists and turns made this an interesting read. It was a great book to read over the summer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather Jacobson on November 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Review by my 12-year old daughter: Angus's entire life he never knew that his parents really were part of a secret group of lighting catchers. Harry Potters entire life he didn't know that his parents were wizards. When Angus was 11 he was taken away by a man to a school for lightning catchers. When Harry was 11 he was taken away by a man to a school for wizards. When Angus got to the school he met 4 people, this boy named Dougal who became his best friend quickly, this girl named Indigo who they didn't like at first but then they got to know her and they became best friends, and these two dumb bullies. When Harry got to school he met 5 people, Ron a boy who became his best friend very fast, Hermoine a girl who they hated at first but then they got to be best friends, at 3 dumb mean bullies. During Angus's time in school he learned about an evil sorcerer. During Harry's time at school he learned about an evil wizard. At the end of Angus's school year he learned the evil sorcerer was looking for a secret chamber of lightning and he found it! At the end of Harry's time at school he learned the evil wizard was looking for the chamber of secrets and he found it! Angus, Dougal, and Indigo, all went to the Chamber to confront the evil sorcerer. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, all went to the Chamber to confront the evil wizard. Angus went ahead and when he stepped through a door he fell a long way and landed on cushions. Harry went ahead and fell through the trapdoor and landed on something to cushion his fall. When Angus came into the room he saw the librarian and he asked him for help to defeat the evil sorcerer. When Harry came into the room he saw his professor and asked him for help to defeat the evil wizard. Angus's librarian laughed and revealed that he IS the evil sorcerer.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jude on July 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Lightning Catcher is a very enjoyable read from start to finish with lots of exciting twists and turns which keeps the reader engaged and wanting to know what happens next. Angus, Dougal and Indigo have a great friendship between the 3 of them which weathers all storms. I highly recommend this book.....
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marie Claeys on July 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My young daughter said this book was, and I quote, "It was acceptable." She believes it is the first part of a series and would read the second if there was nothing better to do.
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