Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives
Illustrator: Tom Uhlman
Millions of people live near active volcanoes. Geologist Andy Lockhart and an international volcano crisis team work to predict upcoming eruptions and prevent tragedy. Glossary. Chapter notes. Selected bibliography. Index. Black-and-white and full-color maps, diagrams, and photographs.
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JLG Release: Aug 2013
Awards & Honors
Booklist 2013 Lasting Connections, Science; NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12: 2014; AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books, 2014 Finalist, Children’s Middle Grades Books; SLJs Best Books of 2013, Nonfiction; Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2013, Nonfiction; 2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book; ALA 2014 Notable Children’s Books, Middle Readers
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
What does another book about volcanoes or natural disasters matter to a nonfiction section these days? In the case of this addition to the series, it matters a lot. This book gives tragic and terrifying volcanoes a sense of story that other books lack by talking about real-life crises and how individuals came together t [STARRED REVIEW]
What does another book about volcanoes or natural disasters matter to a nonfiction section these days? In the case of this addition to the series, it matters a lot. This book gives tragic and terrifying volcanoes a sense of story that other books lack by talking about real-life crises and how individuals came together to keep millions of people safe. Young geology enthusiasts may not realize that there are so many volcanoes in the world, erupting constantly and posing threats to so many people, so the maps and personal narratives are eye-opening. The text is easy to understand but does not oversimplify the content, and the captions for the full-color photos give brief but valuable information about the images. In addition to telling the stories of specific, recent volcanic eruptions and how volcanologists reacted, there are also many pages with general information that help readers gain necessary vocabulary and see the big picture of volcanic activity. The book includes an extensive index, a helpful glossary, chapter notes citing sources, and a selected bibliography that is fairly lengthy, covering quite a breadth of sources. A great addition for all collections.—Trina Bolfing, Westbank Libraries, Austin, TX
SLJ’s Best Books December 2013, Nonfiction
Predicting the unpredictable” is how scientists describe the work of monitoring the more than 1,500 potentially explosive volcanoes worldwide. A dramatic narrative follows volcanologists on high alert in the shadow of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi in 2010. Mesmerizing photos place readers into the middle of the action.
This terrific addition to the Scientists in the Field series features the dedicated geologists of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, a U.S. agency that provides technical expertise in eruption prediction, as they work with their scientific counterparts in countries with potentially dangerous volcanoes. Gripping ac [STARRED REVIEW]
This terrific addition to the Scientists in the Field series features the dedicated geologists of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, a U.S. agency that provides technical expertise in eruption prediction, as they work with their scientific counterparts in countries with potentially dangerous volcanoes. Gripping accounts of the team’s successful work at the 1991 Mount Pinatubo (Philippines) and the 2010 Mount Merapi (Indonesia) eruptions expose the complicated scientific and social dimensions of predicting the intensity of volcanic eruptions and their potential impact on human populations, where the costs of being wrong could be devastating. The portrayal of scientific investigation is exceptional: scientists build and monitor equipment, interview residents, collect ash and rock samples, survey the geography, and, in a particularly informative conversation (the dialogue captured by Rusch, who is in attendance), draw on their collective expertise to develop knowledge that will help prevent future disasters. Excellent photographs by Uhlman and from other sources not only feature awe-inspiring shots of the various volcanoes but also depict human vulnerability to these natural disasters, contrasting images of everyday life with those of ruined homes, evacuation shelters, and chilling post-eruption landscapes. Chapter notes, a glossary, a selected bibliography, and an index are appended. danielle j. ford
11" x 9"
Level 6.9; Points: 3;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 0; Points: 0;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
No sensitive areas
Volcanic eruptions, Nevado del Ruiz volcano (Colombia), U,S, Geological Survey scientists, Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, Volcano monitoring, Mount Pinatubo (Philippines), Earthquakes, Mount Merapi (Indonesia),