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“At 11:35 p.m., as Radio Armero played cheerful music, a towering wave of mud and rocks bulldozed through the village, roaring like a squadron of fighter jets.” Twenty-three thousand people died in the 1985 eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz. Today, more than one billion people worldwide live in volcanic danger zones. In this riveting nonfiction book—filled with specta“At 11:35 p.m., as Radio Armero played cheerful music, a towering wave of mud and rocks bulldozed through the village, roaring like a squadron of fighter jets.” Twenty-three thousand people died in the 1985 eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz. Today, more than one billion people worldwide live in volcanic danger zones. In this riveting nonfiction book—filled with spectacular photographs and sidebars—Rusch reveals the perilous, adrenaline-fueled, life-saving work of an international volcano crisis team (VDAP) and the sleeping giants they study, from Colombia to the Philippines, from Chile to Indonesia....

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  • Kimberly
    2019-03-01 04:24

    There are more than 1500 potentially active volcanoes around the world. More than 50 erupt each year. The United States alone has approximately 169 potentially active volcanoes. On the afternoon of November 13, 1985, in Colombia, South America, a snow-covered mountain named Nevado del Ruiz, blasted ash into the sky and showered down on the village of Armero. People feared that the mountain would completely erupt, yet no one left because it stopped just a few hours later – only to start up again, this time unleashing a fury of hot ash and melted rock and gases. Still the people stayed. They felt they were relatively safe, being 45 miles away. But the mudflow of gases, ash, and rock tore down the side of the mountain and avalanched into rivers. As the mudflow surged closer to the village of Armero, it was too late for the people to evacuate. By the time it was over, 23,000 people had died.US Scientists began questioning – could they have prevented this tragedy? From the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Washington, where they were studying Mt St Helens, geologist were taking gas samples, surveying the crater, and studying deposits from the mountain – and they learned that while they couldn’t prevent a volcano from erupting, they DID learn that volcanoes generally announce when they may erupt – hours, days, even weeks ahead of time.They could have read the signs that Nevado del Ruiz was sending, and perhaps they could have prevented such a loss of life. Out of this was born the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. These scientists study spewing volcanoes all over the world in an attempt to predict eruptions. This book is filled with fascinating photographs of these scientists as they climb volcanoes, set up monitoring stations, and work with the people who live in the shadows of these volcanoes every day.

  • Samuel
    2019-03-21 10:23

    I was immediately sucked into the story of the brave and resourceful scientists of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. The book focuses on two of the VDAP's greatest triumphs -- their studies of Mount Pinatubo in 1991, and Mount Merapi in 2010. In both cases, the VDAP scientists accurately predicted major eruptions a few days before they occurred, enabling evacuations that saved tens of thousands of lives. Elizabeth Rusch's sentence-level writing is engaging, and I thought she did very well at bringing the reader right into the middle of the action.I have some questions, however, about places where the style -- and, more especially, the editing -- seemed to get in the way of the Presentation of Information item in the Newbery criteria. For instance, the text mentions the technical word "fumaroles" twice, once in a chart on page 10, and in the main text on page 11, without either defining the word or explicitly referring the reader to the glossary in the back. However, when the word appears in the main text on page 15, it's defined within the sentence -- and then defined again, using almost the exact same words, on page 21. Additionally, on page 63, the text lists the name of a village as Dusun Petung, but the photo caption simply calls it Petung. The map on page 8 also misspells the name of Mount Rainier. Those are small points, to be sure, but in an informational text, I don't think we can just ignore them.When I finished Eruption!, I was glad to have read it, and I felt like I'd learned a lot about an organization I'd never before even heard of. I don't think, however, that it has that je ne sais quoi that the best of last year's titles did, and I find the sloppy editing troubling. A longer version of this review appears at

  • Becky B
    2019-02-23 03:31

    Everyone knows that volcanoes are dangerous, but not everyone knows about the specially trained crew of scientists who study and monitor volcanoes in order to try and predict when they will erupt so lives can be saved. After using the tale of the Nevado del Ruiz eruption as an example of the destructive force of volcanoes and the need for warning systems, Rusch goes on to introduce the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP), what they do, and how they are actively trying to save lives. Much of this is told through their work before the eruptions of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines and Mount Merapi in Indonesia. The informative but accessible text is accompanied by spectacular full-color photographs and little sidebars to explain scientific ideas and terms.This is a great resource for 4th-12th grade classes studying geology or science-related professions. It's being tossed around right now as a possible Newbery contender, but I don't think the writing is quite that excellent that it'll grip kids to keep reading (it pales and appears merely average in comparison to past non-fiction that have earned shiny stickers, like Bomb). Still a great resource and great non-fiction addition to libraries.Notes on content: One instance of mild profanity (probably won't even register to some readers). Rusch doesn't beat around the bush about the lives lost during eruptions, so there are several hundred deaths reported in this book. One picture shows two girls looking at graves of eruption victims and the bones are above ground, so the picture includes a human skull and other bones.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-01 04:25

    Just about every book in the Scientists in the Field series is engrossing, and this one is no exception. Filled with fast facts, interesting description of how scientists work in the field, and fabulous photographs, this book explains the work of volcanologists who are working to track the changes in the more than 1,500 volcanoes across the world. Using sophisticated instruments and constant observation, they measure changes in the amount of tremors, ash, cones, and temperatures of these volcanoes in order to predict what they might do next and be able to save lives. While the author mentions various scientists, she doesn't go into great detail about each of them but focuses more on their united effort to keep an eye on volcanoes. The book mainly focuses on eruptions in Columbia, the Philippines, and Mount Merapi, Indonesia. Because readers are along for the ride before and after the volcanoes erupt in several instances, they are able to understand how swift the destruction can be and how science is being used to save lives that would be lost otherwise. Interestingly, many of those who evacuated from the volcano's path end up moving back. This is another good addition to a science classroom because it encourages questions and conversations about volcanoes and other natural disasters.

  • Erica
    2019-02-28 10:27

    This is the fourth book I've read in the Scientists in the Field series, and now I believe I should read every single one. I have to respect the cohesion and quality of this series (see entire list at, especially since they're written by a variety of authors. The clear photos, excellent captions, extensive vocabulary/glossary, thorough notes, bibliography - including web resources, and index are solid additions to a lively and captivating text. The well-paced storytelling and use of first names for the scientists conveys the immediacy, suspense, and drama that would have accompanied these cataclysmic events as they unfolded in real life. This book (like others in the series) is so much better than books on the same topic written twenty years ago. The author allows the scientists to convey their sense of the significance and their experience of excitement and fear - rather than exaggerating the news, inventing dialog, or quoting random witnesses who could offer more heart-wrenching exclamations but less understanding. In addition, readers gain a depth of understanding that is an essential supplement to news reports -- giving the material an added significance and purpose.

  • Dolly
    2019-02-25 05:18

    This book offers an exciting and informative look at the science of volcanology. It contains anecdotal stories from volcanic eruptions in the U.S. (Mount St. Helens), Colombia (Nevado del Ruiz), the Philippines (Mount Pinatubo), and Indonesia (Mount Merapi). My husband had some injects into this tale as we read it, since he was in the Philippines just prior to the eruption. His helicopter unit left two days before and he remembers all of the commotion leading up to it. The book is part of the Scientists in the Field series. We've read a few of the books in this series and they are terrific. We all learn something new when we read these books.The narrative is detailed without being boring or overwhelming and the color photographs really help to show the scenes, the action, and especially the danger. Overall, we found this book to be very educational and entertaining. We really enjoyed reading it together.

  • Laura Salas
    2019-02-20 08:20

    Loved this book, and the content was gripping! The reason it got 4 rather than 5 stars has more to do with design for me. It felt a little chaotic at times--the lack of consistency in how the photos were captioned and the horrible yellow-encased page numbers that kept drawing my eye away from the text. And at times, there were SO MANY features/sidebars/graphics that they really interrupted my thinking process about the subject at hand. So I loved the actual writing in this book, and I found it fascinating, but I would have liked a slightly less frenetic design, one that allowed the main text to be interrupted less frequently so that I wasn't constantly jolted out of the wonderful storytelling here.

  • Sara
    2019-03-18 06:23

    Made me think about how cool it would be to be a volcanologist, which is not easy since I'm generally not a science person. There were nice details about how people living near volcanos are affected to keep the scientists' work in perspective.

  • Grace Buckner
    2019-03-18 06:40

    This book is about a team that is traveling and studying volcanoes from all over the world. This team works together to give an interesting point of view of the study of volcanoes. I would highly recommend this book, because it allows children to hear from people who are seeing and studying volcanoes, which they love. I would use this book through the teaching of volcanoes, we used it from within a fifth grade class when we were learning of natural disasters and I had the students use this book to research more of this topic.

  • Matt Gaskin
    2019-03-10 03:12

    Volcanoes can be beautiful and treacherous. Like other books in the "Scientists in the Field" series, this book travels the globe and highlights the stories and geology of many volcanoes. For a particularly moving story, whether or not to evacuate an Air Force base in the Philippines.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-03-16 10:24

    i liked it

  • Annie Allen
    2019-02-20 04:36

    Loved the images! The book opens with the story of a deadly volcanic eruption that killed more than 20,000 people. It then continues with how the VDAP has made it its goal to prevent such tragic loss of life with the motoring of volcanoes around the world. While the main text reads easily there are sidebars and inset boxes with details related to the different scientific aspects of monitoring volcanoes. Great nonfiction title for middle grade!

  • Jim Erekson
    2019-03-14 02:16

    So this is the third title I've reviewed in HMH's Scientists in the Field series. Based on this sample, I really like the series. What I don't like is how HMH is hitching its wagon to the dim star of the Common Core State Standards. The standards movement has little to recommend itself to anyone. There is no research to show that this reform movement has accomplished anything that wouldn't have happened just by leaving schools alone. Standards linked with testing have only created more problems and taken our country's children further from learning either content or useful processes for the past 20 years. CCSS was just a non-educators' stab at repackaging crap. No matter what kind of paper you wrap it in, it's still crap. I was disappointed to read that Elizabeth Rusch has been caught up in this short-sighted (and likely short-lived 'accountability' exercise). There are more than ten states now working to distance themselves from CCSS and repeal their connections to CCSS and PARCC, and this before they have even gained much traction at all. One of my editors asked us not to reference CCSS in our upcoming edition because of how it is not gaining the momentum for a comprehensive rollout everyone anticipated. And we don't need a national curriculum anyway. But the content in this series is still great! If the CCSS were just given to authors and publishing houses instead of to testing companies and school districts and kids, maybe we'd see more high-quality series like this. I was riveted by this book, and the narrative thread following three major eruptions (four, including the base narrative of St Helens) kept me moving forward from chapter to chapter. It was written like a cliffhanger. The scientists are the main characters in each set of chapters, and Rusch brilliantly sets the non-US scientists at the forefront of the narrative! An excellent multicultural text. The fact that Rusch and Uhlman went to Indonesia to do live research during the eruption of Merapi was absolutely amazing. Upshot: I am sitting here in 2013 reading an obviously well-produced (i.e., time-consuming) book with research that reaches only back to 2010-2011. This kind of currency is extremely rare! I didn't follow Merapi when it was happening, so all this information was new to me, and I felt parochial for having only sketchy awareness that something so significant was happening just a couple of years ago. Uhlman's photographs throughout the book were breathtaking, and the recentness of the Indonesia/Merapi set made it even more so. There are very few stock companies in the photo credits, and more scientific and news organizations, along with Uhlman and even three by Rusch. This lends the book even more credibility as a journalistic piece.

  • David
    2019-03-05 02:29

    In 1991 I followed the eruption of Mount Pinatubo with some interest, having spent a portion of my US Navy enlistment in the Philippines, and having traveled home back to the United States from Clark Air Force base. Having this volcanic event as a significant part of Eruption Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch made this a must read for me. I discovered that Eruption! is an outstanding and compelling look at volcanoes, at the work of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP), and at many scientists and observers around the world.Eruption! begins with a look including photographs at the destruction and many casualties from the 1985 eruption of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia. Determined to improve the prediction of volcanic eruptions, the VDAP is formed and begins to study and fine tune measurement of volcanic activity. It also begins to develop specific measurement devices and train scientists from other countries how to install and use such devices.After looking at the evacuation prior to the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, and at z Volcano Training Camp, Eruption! shifts to the study of Mount Merapi in Indonesia and its successful evacuation in 2010. Later measurements and observations after the eruption are noted, as are the contributions of observers of Mount Merapi. Photographs really help tell the story here, many of them taken by Tom Uhlman. Seismographic information, maps, and informational boxes all assist in understanding this scientific story. An excellent bibliography and glossary are included. There are some small errors and minor editing concerns.Most crucial is the pacing, and sense of danger and tension in the text which will carry readers into this story of scientists working to save lives by improving the imperfect science of predicting when volcanos are most likely to erupt. Young people and adults alike will learn from the presentation used here. Last Fall while watching a TV report of another volcano in Indonesia, I though I recognized the nameSurono, an Indonesian volcanologist, as having been one of the main people mentioned in this Scientists in the Field title. It was indeed the same person I had learned about from reading Eruptions! further emphasizing the currency and impact of the information this story imparts. 4.5 stars.I strongly recommend Eruption! for school and public library collections. For science, volcanoes, scientists, multicultural, geography, and fans of Elizabeth Rusch and the Scientists in the Field Series.

  • Kelsey Borchers
    2019-02-25 06:38

    I chose this book as my Scientist in the Field book. The source is Dr. Kimmel. I was very intriqued by the cover of this book-which is a picture of a volcanic eruption rising out of the background and engulfing the palm trees and pretty much everything in its path. I think that children would most definitely be drawn to this cover and want to know more. This book opens with the terrible tale of a volcano the erupted and literally buried the surrounding city including the 23,000 inhabitants. Therefore, volcanologists are determined to help prevent these types of events from happening by using their tools and knowledge to follow these volcanos and figure out when they will erupt and encourage the local government to evacuate. The book tells of these volcanologists and their journeys in helping those around the world. In addition, the book gives a lot of useful information about volcanos. The organization of this book was great. It was set up in a chronological format to tell the journey these scientist took to help save people from devastating eruptions. The style of writing was interesting at times, but because I was unfamiliar with many of their methods for studying volcanoes I was at a loss at times. The pictures and diagrams were great though! They really put the whole story so to speak in perspective on how big these massive volcanoes can be and how much of an impact they can have on civilization. The information is credible and accurate because it is cited and available in the back of the book, which is accessible to confirm with on the internet. I learned a lot about volcanos and think that this would be a great book for a student learning about volcanos or even for a research project/paper on volcanos.

  • Carol Surges
    2019-03-06 10:16

    This newest addition to the 'Scientists in the Field' series from Houghton Mifflin keeps to the high standards of its predecessors. Eruption highlights the work of VDAP, the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program that came into being after the deathly eruption of Nevado Del Ruiz near Armero, Columbia. Thousands of people died in that blast, most of those deaths could have been prevented. Geologists and volcanologists can't yet predict exactly when a volcano will erupt but the science has come a long way, thanks to the ongoing work being done at Mount St. Helens. Scientists in the VDAP group have made it their mission to help countries dealing with active volcanoes. They share their services and training around the world to help local scientists gain the skills needed to save lives and property in their countries.The author and photographer follow a group of Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP) volcanologists and geologists into the field in the aftermath of Mount Merapi's recent eruption in Indonesia. There the VDAP scientists work alongside several Indonesian scientists as they survey the damage from the recent eruption and work to determine whether another eruption is in the making.Readers will be given a close-up look at the work of the scientists in the field as they drop from helicopters, lug heavy equipment through jungles and up volcano slopes and design and build specialized tracking equipment. Inside tips and scientific details are shared in this real-life exposé of an exciting but extremely dangerous field of science.

  • Melissa Mcavoy
    2019-02-20 08:24

    Hundreds of millions of people live in volcano hazard zones. In response to a tragic eruption in Columbia in 1985 a small group of scientists formed an international volcano crises team. Using cutting edge technology they hoped to apply the lessons learned from the Mt. St Helen’s eruption to save lives around the world. In exciting and vivid prose Eruption chronicles their efforts as they travel to dramatic and dangerous locations and, in partnership with a diverse group of local scientists, fight to predict cataclysmic events including the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines and the 2010 eruption of Mt Merapi in Indonesia. In this latest addition to the excellent Scientists in the Field series, clever design breaks up the text into easily digestible chunks and magma colored panels highlight intriguing background information and facts. Lots of gorgeous color photographs provide a sense of the people and places at risk, as well as the technology and techniques of the scientists. A glossary, chapter notes, selected bibliography and index complete this superb book. Annotation: Well designed and vividly written, Eruption chronicles a small group of volcanologists who formed an international volcano crises team. Working with a diverse group of local scientists they apply cutting edge technology to mitigate disaster and save lives around the world.

  • Phillip Cross
    2019-02-20 06:36

    I really had a blast reading this book. In response to a tragic eruption in Columbia in 1985 a group of scientists formed an international volcano crises committee. Using newly acquired technology they hoped to apply the lessons learned from the Mt. St Helen’s eruption to save lives around the world. In exciting and vivid prose Eruption chronicles their efforts as they travel to dramatic and dangerous locations and, in partnership with a diverse group of local scientists, fight to predict cataclysmic events including the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption in the Philippines and the 2010 eruption of Mt Merapi in Indonesia. In this latest book to the excellent Scientists in the Field series, clever design breaks up the text into easily digestible chunks and magma colored panels highlight the intriguing background information and facts. This book is full of informative charts, graphs, and side panels explain the science behind volcanic eruptions, and large, colorful photographs illuminate the power and force of volcanoes around the world. The story is a must-read for budding earth scientists and volcanologists. The pictures used are actual photos that have been taken from the live occurrence of these eruptions.

  • Destinee Sutton
    2019-03-08 02:21

    Another excellent addition to the "Scientists in the Field" series. There are lots of volcano books for kids at the library, but I'd venture to say this is the best (especially for ages 9 to 12). The true danger of volcanoes has never been so palpable on the page. Author Elizabeth Rusch takes readers all over the globe to visit some of the world's most explosive volcanoes and we get to meet the people living at their doorsteps, along with the scientists whose main priority is keeping folks out of harm's way. It's trickier than it sounds. Evacuating an area around an active volcano means hugely disrupting people's lives. What if you tell them to flee and you're wrong? What if you don't tell them to flee and they die? This book has local interest for Washington state, too. Obviously, we are in the Ring of Fire and Mt. St. Helens lurks. But did you know that the VDAP (Volcano Disaster Assistance Program) has offices in Vancouver, Washington, at the Cascades Volcano Observatory? (You can check our volcano alert level here: written, with awesome photography, and packed with information, I imagine this will inspire some future vulcanologists.

  • Julie Rand
    2019-03-14 06:34

    This latest edition in the Scientists in the Field series focuses on the heroic work of the first and only international volcano crisis team, the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program or VDAP. The book opens with a harrowing description and photographs of the destruction wrought by the 1985 eruption of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia. Vowing to never let this happen again, we follow the courageous and determined scientists of the VDAP in their quest to predict volcanic eruptions and avoid catastrophe. Using personal narrative and breathtaking photographs, Rusch focuses specifically on the scientists’ work with two volcanoes, Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines and Mount Merapi in Indonesia. The exciting first person accounts are made instructive through the addition of helpful maps, educational diagrams and sidebars. Designed for fifth through eighth graders, the large format book includes a handy glossary, extensive bibliography and index. This book would be a wonderful addition to the non-fiction collection of a school or public library.

  • Elissa Schaeffer
    2019-02-20 08:35

    This was my first "Scientists in the Field" title and I hope the others are as fascinating, exciting, and full of great information as this one.I had no idea how much I didn't know about volcanoes until I read this. I also had no idea how much goes in to the study of volcanoes. The information was amazing and I feel humbled by what I didn't know. But the information itself does not warrant a 4-star rating. This was presented in such an exciting way. I was tense with suspense during chapter 4 as I raced through the paragraphs to find out what was going to happen. I apparently wasn't paying too much attention to world news in late 2010 because the story of Mount Merapi was unfamiliar to me, and I'm glad that was the case because it made those chapters another exciting read.Clearly, volcanology has come a long way but it's still an imperfect science and this book makes no pretense otherwise. Easily recommended, if not highly recommended, for grades 4 and up.

  • Becky
    2019-02-26 07:33

    Another awesome book in the Scientists in the Field series. This one is about the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. VDAP was formed after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980. The information that was collected with that blast helped volcanologists learn some of the symptoms of a volcano that is going to blow. Their mission is to help volcanologists all over the world learn to read the volcanoes in their countries more accurately, and to provide support during the times of emergency. The book covers two eruptions. The first of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991. During this eruption the VDAP team was the front line team stationed at Clark Air Base. The second eruption covered in the book is of Mt. Merapi in Indonesia in 2010. During this eruption the VDAP team was back up and support for the Indonesian scientists on the ground. They did things like provide satellite information about the volcano because clouds cover this mountain for over 21 hours a day. Fascinating!

  • Dylan
    2019-02-27 07:36

    This book is informational nonfiction. The topic of the destructive force involved in volcanic eruptions is discussed. Throughout the book many facts and figures can be found about volcanoes. Due to the large amount of text, I would recommend this for upper elementary school students. I paired this with the 13th book from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborn. The title of this one is Vacation Under the Volcano. The reason I paired these two books is because it will help students understand the destructive nature of volcanoes. The kids from the Magic Tree House series travel back in time to Pompeii, which we know a great deal about today because of how well preserved the city is. I believe that students would be intrigued to see real photos of Mount Vesuvius.

  • Anne
    2019-03-10 04:14

    Author of The Mighty Mars Rovers and other award-winning titles, Elizabeth Rusch, puts together another must-read and quite possibly the best nonfiction book of the year. Eruption is in one-word “fascinating!" The science behind volcanoes comes alive in this book. Through diagrams, photographs, and narratives, kids will be able grasp a great deal of scientific information with ease. In the back of the book, it has “volcanic vocabulary” that goes above and beyond to deepen the reader’s understanding. If you liked reading about the scientists in Eruption, you are in luck. Eruption is part of the Scientists in the Field Series. In another book in the series, Extreme Scientists by Donna Jackson, you get to read about a hurricane hunter, a cave biologist, and a tree-climbing botanist, how cool! This series is excellent for tweens and you don’t have to know a great deal about science to enjoy all of them.

  • Ruth Anne
    2019-02-18 07:34

    If you don't care much about Volcanoes you will care about the people who live in the shadow of them after reading 'Eruption'. The author and the photographer 'tagged along' with scientists of the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program. VDAP is the 'first and only volcano crisis team' and their mission is to share expertise and equipment with communities all over the world that are threatened by volcanoes. The text is written clearly and is appropriate for 10-14 year old readers. The photographs are clear and beautiful and help the reader understand what the scientists are doing. Panels of information are inserted at just the right places to help understand the hazards of volcanoes, earthquake patterns, and satellite remote sensing, to name a few. Back matter includes 'Volcanic Vocabulary', Chapter Notes, Selected Bibliography and an index. Love books that are indexed. This is an interesting read and a topic that is of interest for some young readers.

  • April Gates
    2019-03-03 09:41

    This book is about volcanoes and how they are predicted. It starts off by talking about the devastating Nevado del Ruiz eruption that happened in 1985. After the over 23,000 death count then it was determined that something needed to be done to predict possible eruptions. VDAP scientist get busy with developing methods and gadgets to help determine when a volcano is going to hit. The invention of these machines help to predict eruptions and prepare evacuations such as that of Mount Pinatubo. Awards: 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 ReadersGrade Level: 5th-7thGenre: Nonfiction

  • Anastasia Tuckness
    2019-03-17 07:37

    Volcano prediction is a very tricky business, requiring knowledge of history, geology, psychology, and the culture of the more than one billion people who live in volcano danger zones around the world. A small volcano crisis team studies active volcanoes around the world and carefully makes recommendations for evacuations. This book follows them throughout two recent volcano eruptions, detailing the process of predicting what may happen next.Rusch also includes historical volcanic disasters to underscore the volcano's devastating powers. Uhlman's photos highlight the reality that many people live in the shadow of volcanoes, working and farming and living their normal lives, as well as the geological changes from volcanoes.Highly recommended for readers who are interested in volcanoes! (Or science and history in general.)

  • Alice
    2019-03-16 10:16

    I don't have a lot of praise for this book. It is on a list for a Beehive book award. I am not totally certain why. I knew a little about volcanoes and eruptions and thought because this book was nominated for a book award, it would be really good. It was just average. Every time I tried to get into it Was skipping words and BORED! I know --TERRIBLE! What I thought was interesting was the predicting eruptions and giving advance warning to evacuate! I usually am " all in" these types of books, but this left me wanting. What about Hawaii and their volcanoes? I would have liked to learn a little more about the Cascade range (Not just MT St. Helens) All in all, it was okay, but this isn't something I would recommend (well, I guess if you were doing a report on Volcanoes..this would work) but reading it for pleasure, or fun or curiosity...not so much!

  • Arminzerella
    2019-02-23 04:23

    Volcanologists are working to improve their ability to predict the activity of volcanoes and prevent the deaths of those who live in harm’s way. Eruption! educates readers about the prevalence of active volcanoes, the devastating effects of volcanic eruptions, as well as the processes/equipment used to monitor active volcanoes. Scientists who study volcanoes are part of a close-knit community that networks and shares information in order to extend their understanding of volcanic phenomena as well as protect those who live in the shadows of these turbulent earth-shakers and makers. This really impresses upon one the importance of this work and the effect that it has on people’s lives today. Photos capture the scale of volcanoes and the impact they have on nearby communities and peoples, as well as the work/equipment/lives of those who study them. I want to be a volcanologist!

  • Fahr
    2019-02-20 07:36

    This book is very well made and factual. It includes large amounts of information that for some odd reason managed to keep me hooked and interested. it was written as a bunch of stories but about the same people. It shows the progression of their journey. They included a section about how they advanced their technology to better estimate the magnitude of the earthquakes and strength's of the volcano. It was great to develop a better understanding of these magnificent bodies of rock. This book also possesses startling facts. It revealed that 2 Billion people are within reach of volcanic destruction. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in natural occurrences for the sole reason that volcanic blasts are not known to be a large scale killer. This book uncovers the truth about volcanos and how deadly they really are, from volcanic ash, to acid rain, to massive mudslides.