Arizona author Ryan Dalton starts his young adult science fiction trilogy with The Year of Lightning, in which 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert discover the abandoned old house across the street from them in their new town holds a secret machine – one that can control lightning. How can they possibly protect themselves and their classmates from freak lightning storms? And who controls the skies, and why are they attacking the town?
Publishers Weekly’s review of Andrew Chilton’s updated fairy tale middle grade book The Goblin's Puzzle states he “combines the unpredictability of a Monty Python skit with traces of the Brothers Grimm as he zigzags among the stories of an unnamed young slave, who escapes his master and soon becomes tied to a mischievous goblin; Plain Alice, the daughter of a sage desperate to follow in her father’s footsteps; and Princess Alice, slated to rule West Stanhope if she can elude both a dragon and marriage to the treacherous Duke Geoffrey.”
When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. Inside the old house, a secret machine with the power to pierce time has reawakened. Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. They re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy-stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete. In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force that s driving the deadly storms. They ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky.
A boy, a goblin, a scholar, and a princess join forces to defeat a dragon, outwit a scheming duke, and solve a logic puzzle.