Thunderstruck, by Ali Sparkes

Alisha and Theo, students at Beechwood Junior, are doing their very best to avoid Sports Day. Whilst hiding underneath a tree in the Common, they get caught in a thunderstorm. A tree is the worst place for shelter, but they only realise that seconds before they both get struck by lightning. It wasn’t exactly what they envisioned on Sport’s Day, especially as everyone made a huge fuss about it. While surviving the lightning strike proves to be a way to boost their popularity at school, Alisha and Theo discover a more sinister secret.

Intrigued, they return to the site of the strike and meet the lively, yet dead, Doug and Lizzie. Alisha and Theo’s seemingly unique experience had actually happened a few years ago to them too. However, Doug and Lizzie were not as fortunate as them and had met their fate. Although Doug and Lizzie turn out to be ghosts that only Alisha and Theo can see, the four of them develop a strong bond with each other and create the ‘Strike Club’. 

Far away from the Common, where building work is starting to take place, mysterious and suspicious apparitions start to appear. Are they trying to warn Alisha and Theo? With the help of Doug and Lizzie, will Alisha and Theo solve the mystery before it is too late?

Thunderstruck is a short and punchy read with an excellent plot and interesting characters. The funny but eerie storyline made me want to keep reading this book and wish it never ended. I would rate the book a 4/5. It is quite a slow paced story for those who enjoy a gradual build up. Overall, it was a great book and I would recommend it to everybody ages 8 and above.


Lightning Bolt Notebook

This eye-catching notebook is perfect for you to write down all your stories or secrets.


  • Plain Notebook
  • Dark blue pen
  • Scissors
  • Silver Card
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Dark blue patterned tape


1. Stick your patterned tape on the edge of your notebook.

2. With a pencil draw an outline of a lightning bolt on your card and then cut it out. Do this 6 times.

3. Arrange your lightning bolts in three lines and stick them on the notebook.

4. Using the blue pen write ‘Thunderstruck’ underneath the lightning bolts.

5. Then you’re done!

Top Tip:

Before you write with the pen draw an outline of the letters in pencil so that you do not make a mistake.

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