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Will It Blow?: Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens

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Mount St. Helens is constantly erupting. It is pushing up a ridge of thick lava that is rebuilding the peak of the mountain that was blown off in 1980. The mountain is being monitored by geologists and volcanologists, all trying to answer the same question: Will it blow? Science is like detective work, and author Elizabeth Rusch presents the work of volcanology in a series of cases that need to be cracked—with Mount St. Helens as the central culprit, a master disguises, adept at sending out false clues. But through an understanding of earthquakes, gases that come from underground, infrared measurement of the earths temperature, bumps and deformations on the surface of the earth, and kind of rock that is being formed in the crater, readers become volcano detectives. With sidebars about the latest gadgets and gizmos employed at the mountain and activities kids can enact, young people will learn the current science of volcanology and have fun at the same time.

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Mount St. Helens is a master of disguises, adept at sending out false clues. Can anyone figure out what's going on with this active volcano in Washington State? This illustrated book presents a wealth of easily digested information — covering underground gases, earthquakes, infrared measurements, bumps on earth's surface, and other factors — to help the budding Sherlock Holmes crack the case. With sidebars about the latest gadgets and gizmos, youngsters learn about volcanology while having fun.

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Elizabeth Rusch's first children's book, Generation Fix, was a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Children's Book. A contributor to numerous magazines, she lives in Portland, OR. Artist K. E. Lewis lives in Seattle.

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mlb, February 18, 2009 (view all comments by mlb)
Elizabeth Rusch’s Will It Blow packs loads of interesting detail into a trim paperback. Creatively structured as mystery cases to be solved by the reader, the story is readable on several levels: sidebars provide technical details, mystery cases serve as a review of the more in-depth chapter material. Each chapter and mystery case can be read independently, almost as a short story. Even the illustrations read like a comic-book style summary of major themes. Will It Blow is an engaging read for any budding scientist.
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mdalt, January 23, 2008 (view all comments by mdalt)
As an after school teacher with elementary school students, I find it can be very difficult to engage my students in anything academic. I have used Will It Blow? as the basis for a few of my classroom activities with great success. In the book, kids are challenged to solve the mysteries of Mount St. Helens’ latest eruption by becoming “volcano detectives” themselves. The book’s subject and approach inspires many different kinds of discussions with my students. We’ve talked about anything from local geography, history, and current eruption activity to volcano science and how the scientific method can be like detective work. The interviews with USGS scientists encouraged my fifth graders to think of how science works in the “real world” and the hands-on activities described in the book were fun for my second graders (though next time I’ll be doing the “Soda Bottle Volcano” outdoors!). I find it to be just a great book for working with kids, for making them aware of the world in their backyard, and getting them excited about science.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781570615092
Author:
Rusch, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Illustrator:
Lewis, K. E.
Author:
Lewis, K. E.
Subject:
Earthquake prediction.
Subject:
Volcanic activity prediction.
Subject:
Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Subject:
Science & Nature - Earth Sciences - Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Subject:
Saint Helens, Mount (Wash.)
Subject:
Children s-Geology and Meteorology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
Become a Volcano Det
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
10.7 x 8.6 x 0.3 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
06-10

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Mount St. Helens is a master of disguises, adept at sending out false clues. Can anyone figure out what's going on with this active volcano in Washington State? This illustrated book presents a wealth of easily digested information — covering underground gases, earthquakes, infrared measurements, bumps on earth's surface, and other factors — to help the budding Sherlock Holmes crack the case. With sidebars about the latest gadgets and gizmos, youngsters learn about volcanology while having fun.
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