{Charge of the Lightning Bugs: Troy Cummings}Charge of the Lightning Bugs by Troy Cummings
Series: The Notebook of Doom
Published by Scholastic Press on June 30, 2015
Genres: Childrens, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

In this 8th book, there’s trouble at Alexander’s brand-new school. Lights are flickering, students are getting zapped, and escalators are running at super-speeds! When the sky fills with green lightning, Alexander, Rip, and Nikki know monsters must be to blame. Can the S.S.M.P. turn out the lights on these shocking monsters?

{My thoughts} – Alexander, Rip and Nikki get to have their first day at their new school. Alexander went to bed early, set and alarm and still work up late. The night before he and his dad had caught some lightning bugs. Those bugs seem to have disappeared come the morning, however, everything in and around their house that needed electricity to work was no longer working.

Alexander made it to school but he was really late. Nothing was working the way that it was suppose and he realized that whenever he’d touch things he’d be shocked. Like when he first got to his classroom he was shocked by the door handle.

Alexander, Rip and Nikki decided that the electricity problems around their school and town were just a fluke. Deep down Alexander was pretty sure that something like a monster was causing the problems though. He starts trying to figure out just what it could be. He eventually is able to sort it all out and comes to the conclusion that all the warning signs they have been seeing must mean something is going on. Since those signs point to the roof – they head up there to see what they can learn.

I have to say this was an interesting monster and it was brilliant how the author had pulled the story together. I really enjoyed it a lot. I look forward to reading more books in the series in the future.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.