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On June 25, 1997, a volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat erupted, spewing hot lava and ash. Linda Daley was washing clothes outside her home in the nearby city of Plymouth when she saw fiery clouds begin to shoot out of the volcano. With clouds of ash and poisonous gases speeding toward her, how would she survive? Eyewitness accounts and incredible photos bring to life the experiences of ordinary people who faced catastrophic danger--and lived to tell their stories. Kids will discover the causes and characteristics of volcanoes, and learn about the scientific advances that now allow earlier warnings of possible eruptions to be issued. Safety tips show young readers what to do if they are ever near a volcanic eruption.

 
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
BISACS JNF051160
Genre Great for Hi-Lo Readers, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2010
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Disaster Survivors
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781936087501, 9781936088539, 9781936089987
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 551.21
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Guided Reading Level O
Lexile Reading Level 910
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 5.3
Author Stephen Person
 

Devastated by a Volcano

This entry in the Disaster Survivors series sandwiches an introduction to the tectonic forces that cause volcanoes and a survey of the most destructive eruptions in the past two centuries between glancing encounters with two survivors of 1997’s blast on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Though the color photos that dominate every page aren’t always clear depictions of the looks and effects of various modern eruptions—and the opening and closing interviews are unsourced—the descriptions of volcanic activity will give young readers a clear picture of the forces involved while introducing specialized terms like lava bombs and pyroclastic flow. A page of general safety advice and a set of brief resource lists close this suitable alternative to the steady rain of titles on the topic.

Devastated by a Volcano

This entry in the Disaster Survivors series sandwiches an introduction to the tectonic forces that cause volcanoes and a survey of the most destructive eruptions in the past two centuries between glancing encounters with two survivors of 1997’s blast on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Though the color photos that dominate every page aren’t always clear depictions of the looks and effects of various modern eruptions—and the opening and closing interviews are unsourced—the descriptions of volcanic activity will give young readers a clear picture of the forces involved while introducing specialized terms like lava bombs and pyroclastic flow. A page of general safety advice and a set of brief resource lists close this suitable alternative to the steady rain of titles on the topic.

Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Index
Table of contents
Full-color photographs, Historical photographs