Thursday, January 2, 2014

Eruption!




Eruption!
by Elizabeth Rusch
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 76 pgs., Non Fiction

Eruption! is a very different sort of volcano book.  It isn't just about the science behind how a volcano erupts--but about the scientists who risk their lives studying them so that they can save thousands of people just in the nick of time. The accounts of real volcanos and the nail biting days leading up to their eruptions show exactly, step by step, what these amazing scientists do and how they risk their lives to do it. When is it time to evacuate an entire town?  When do the scientists decide to leave themselves? Will they get out in time? How do they know which towns are in danger and which are not? What do scientist do when more than one volcano erupts at the same time and they don't have enough scientist to go watch all of them? Many lives depend on their choices and the science they use to make their predictions. This book will have you on the edge of your seat as you relive these harrowing experiences right along with the scientists who live on the edge every time they do their job.

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