‘’When Lightning Strikes’’
Due Date: February 14th, 2011
Vanished (Books One & Two)
Author: Meg Cabot
Number of Pages: 540
Genre: Junior Books
Opening Lines: ‘’They want me to write it down. All of it. They’re calling it my statement.’’
Memorable quotes: "You'll blow up ahelicopter, but you won't go out with me? What is wrong with you?"
‘’I don’t think he could ever be a serial killer. He’s way too shy. That Ted Bundy guy, he was pretty outgoing, from what I heard.’’
Meg Cabot’s novels have a way of captivating, surprising, and fascinating its readers, especially teenage girls and young adults. Vanished (book one & two) is no different. Previously published bySimon & Schuster as ‘’1-800-WHERE-R-YOU’’ under the pen name Jenny Carroll, this book includes ‘’When Lightning Strikes’’ and ‘’Code Name Cassandra’’. For this book report, I will focus on the first book/part.
Meggin Patricia Cabot was born on February 1st, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana. After graduating from the Indiana State University she moved to New York City. At the age of 26, she eloped inItaly on April fouls day since her husband believed only fouls got married in the first place. She lived in Indiana, California, New York, and France, and currently resides in Key West, Florida but sometimes returns to New York with her husband and cats (Henrietta a one eyed cat, and Gem a black and white tuxedo cat, both of whom she mentions a lot in her blog) to write in her other home.
MegCabot gets most of her inspiration for new series from real life experiences. When her father died, Meggin’s mother started dating her daughter’s former art teacher. Meg was horrified and started keeping a diary in which she told the story of young Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, also known as Mia, unpopular teenager, living with her single mother who is dating her algebra teacherand who’s only wish was for her best friend’s brother to notice her. The soon to be princess became the star of a sixteen books series and two Disney movies.
The 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU (later republished as ‘’Vanished’’) series was also based on an event in Meggin’s life. The series was meant to be an eight book series but stopped after five, although Meggin was disappointed she couldn’t get publishersto agree to publish the other 3 books she had planned for the series, she claims to be satisfied as to where she left the characters. In total, Meggin wrote over 10 books series and many stand alone books, although many we’re written under a pen name.
One afternoon, Meggin was taking a walk in downtown Manhattan with a friend when they got caught in a lightning storm. The two girls took refugeunder metal scaffolding, which eventually got hit by lightning. Thankfully none of them were hurt but they couldn’t help but wonder if they would now develop psychic powers, when they didn’t, Meg decided to write about sixteen years old Jess Mastriani, who after being faced with similar events, did.
One day, after detention, Jess and her best friend Ruth we’re walking home, when, just likeMeggin, they got caught in a lightning storm. They took refuge under the school’s metal bleachers and Jessica got hit by lightning. The next day she realized she now had the ability to find missing people. All she had to do was look at their picture before going to bed at night and in the morning she would know their exact location. Suddenly, thanks to her calls to Rosemary from 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU,missing children all over America are being brought back to their parents.
Everything would have been fine except Jessica happens to have helped find Sean, a young 12 year old boy who’s face was on the back of a milk carton, sending him back to his abusive father’s house and putting his mother in jail for having taken him away from his father who had full custody. Now it’s up to her to make things...