Lightning Falls Amy Wilson


Valerie has been living at Lightning Falls nearly all her life.

She’s perfectly happy helping Meg and the rest of the family to haunt the guests who come to stay there at the crumbling Ghost House. One night, she sees a strange boy, Joe, up on the viaduct. There she discovers that beneath the river is a bridge – one that will take her to the world of Orbis, which Joe claims is her real home.

A world that is under threat. Plunged into a dangerous adventure, as the link between the two worlds begins to crumble, Valerie is forced to confront the truth about herself .

This is the story of Valerie, supposedly half ghost half human, her journey to self realisation and the true meaning of family. In my opinion the thing that makes this such a brilliant read is the fact that Valerie’s story is relatable in the way that it’s so unlikely. By this, I mean that although readers might not be a girl, with magic trapped in a pendant, whose really from another land, the authors skills allow them to put themselves in Valerie’s shoes, and see the way in which her life is strangely remarkable to their own.

In some ways it can be comforting to be shared the story of Valerie’s family and all the things that are personal to her, as it almost gives you an invitation into the book; you can start to feel a part of it. The first-person narrative definitely contributes to this factor. Although it does give a limited perspective to the book it does really help you to focus in on that one person’s views in a more detailed manor.

For me, there is a hidden message woven between pages and lines of text: a moral. Although this deeper meaning is not as clear as daylight, it is fed into the story at certain points, almost like a reminder: family is not a defined and universal thing, it changes, and as the world grows and becomes, we must become accepting of this hard truth. This links to what I said before, that this novel is hugely influenced by the idea of family. Without sounding too repetitive, I think this book definitely falls under the genre of children’s fiction, but maybe it could be categorized and advertised as a family friendly book.

The use of good verses evil presents many opportunities where people can learn from the book, at the same time as having a joke and experiencing much more deeper content. By using villains, such as “Lord Rory, this novel, that varies in emotions, is made effective. – Daniella, Youth Ambassador