the year of lightning

Juvenile Fiction


Available: January 12, 2016 | ISBN 9781631630507 | paperback | 344 pages | 5.5 in. x 8.25 in. | World (translation, audiobook, media rights) | $17.99 US (trade paperback), $8.99 US (e-book)
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The Year of Lightning


by Ryan Dalton

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Malcom and Valentine Gilbert just want to make some friends at their new high school—so why are they so drawn to the mysterious, doorless house across the street? When a time-traveling villain threatens to destroy everything they love, can they unravel his plan and save their town?

The house has no doors. It’s been abandoned for decades. Yet one night, Malcolm sees a face in the window. Fifteen-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert never imagined an old house across the street could be so much trouble, but a secret machine inside has woken up, and its power is growing.

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, and lightning is rarely cooperative. 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 lightning storms. They’ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town’s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky.


“Sci-fi fans will gobble this one up and be waiting impatiently for the next.” —Kelly Jo Lasher, School Library Journal

“There are so many crazy aspects to this book. But a good crazy. ... The writing in it is great. ... I highly recommend this book. It’s clean and it was a really enjoyable read.” —Lord of the Books

The Year of Lightning did a good job at being unpredictable. ... The plot speed was perfect. ... While the reading level is middle grade, this is an enjoyable book for all ages!” —Pages for Thought

“Exciting plot, smart characters, and engaging prose: Dalton's writing jolts straight to your heart." —Ellie Ann, New York Times bestseller

“A rousing mix of science and fantasy that will thrill young and old alike! Dalton blends wit and emotion and adventure seamlessly in a tale that keeps your pulse pounding.” —Ryne Douglas Pearson, screenwriter of Knowing (with Nicholas Cage), and Simple Simon (which became the Bruce Willis movie Mercury Rising)

“With cheeky winks to classic time travel and a mind-bending central mystery, The Year of Lightning moves at a pace that lives up to its title and will keep your pulse pounding to the last page.” —Karen Akins, author of the LOOP series

“Every page of The Year of Lightning is non-stop adventure that’s, oddly enough, completely believable. When I read that this is a ‘YA Time-travel adventure’ I thought maybe it would be okay, but really it’s not like that; it’s completely amazing. And it’s funny. Snarky and teenage romantic. This is the first book I’ve plopped down in front of my son and says must read . . . and he didn’t put it down. When can we have another?” —Hott Books

“. . . mindblowingly mindblowing” —Maryam Dinsly,

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