PW10 Orca Canada Logo

Please log in to your Orca Book Publishers account.
Once logged in, your shopping cart will be saved if you need to leave the site before completing checkout. Your shipping addresses and discount codes will also be saved for future visits.

Search Orca Book Publishers
  • My Heart Fills with Happiness
  • Wolf Island

By author: Deb Loughead
Selling Points: Relationships, competition
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL590L
Fry Reading Level: 3.8
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
Bookmark and Share

First there was a brilliant flash of what could only have been lightning. I shrieked as a sharp pins-and-needles jolt shot up my arm. I was so shocked that I dropped the umbrella. My hands were shaking, my whole body vibrating. And my heart was thumping hard. It was almost like a brush with death!

Claire's life is a mess. She's failing math, her depressed mother won't get off the couch, Eric, the boy of her dreams, is dating her nemesis Lucy. While Claire is wishing her life were better, lightning strikes. Soon afterward, everything changes. With Lucy in the hospital and out of the way, Claire attracts Eric's attention and gets the starring role in the school play. But good fortune has a cost: her newly energized mother reconciles with her deadbeat dad, the dream boy turns out to be a dud and Claire feels terrible guilt about gaining everything Lucy has lost. But how can Claire turn it around when lightning only strikes once?
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - September 1, 2011
"This light-hearted story will interest girls who have been through the emotional drama that is the life of a teen."
Library Media Connection - May 1, 2010
"Loughead does a wonderful job of adding a little flavor of magic into realistic fiction…The lesson in following your conscience is well presented. Recommended."
CM Magazine - February 12, 2010
"The story line is believable, with an ending that gives hope to readers, especially those whose parents are in a similar situation to Claire's. The novel moves quickly with lots of dialogue between Claire and her parents…This helps reluctant readers keep with the flow of the story and not get bogged down with unnecessary details. Recommended."


CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2011


Download teachers’ guide

Ebooks available from the following retailers:

You might also be interested in:

The Snowball Effect
SKU:  370x
Format: Paperback

Add The Snowball Effect to Cart

Frappée par la foudre
SKU:  3801
Format: Paperback
Product SubTitle: (Struck)

Add Frappée par la foudre to Cart

Caught in the Act
SKU:  4968
Format: Paperback

Add Caught in the Act to Cart

Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows
SKU:  9963
Format: Paperback

Add Rise of the Zombie Scarecrows to Cart

SKU:  4691
Format: Paperback

Add Payback to Cart

Your Cart


Middle-school fiction
for reluctant readers

Key Features:
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

Teaching Resources:
Teachers' Guides
Accelerated Reader
Lexile levels

Paperback $9.95

Paperback Collection
New Titles Pack
Digital Subscription

Discounts Available for:

See the full list of Orca Currents.