Synopses & Reviews
and#8220;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.and#8221; Twenty-three thousand people died in the 1985 eruption of Colombiaand#8217;s Nevado del Ruiz. Today, more than one billion people worldwide live in volcanic danger zones. In this riveting nonfiction bookand#8212;filled with spectacular photographs and sidebarsand#8212;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.
"High-stakes science, portrayed in one of the scarier entries in this bar-setting series."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"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. . . . A great addition for all collections."
and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"Images of the destruction may initially draw the casual browser, but far more impressive is the balance of vivid photographs that bring the international scientists into the limelight."
and#8212;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[A] terrific addition to the Scientists in the Field series . . . The portrayal of scientific investigation is exceptional."
and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
What spits out fire and ash? What sleeps for years but may explode with a bang at any time? In this book, children learn all about volcanoes, as the mechanics of an eruption are described and illustrated with simple, step-by-step pictures.
A stunning account of volcanologists Andy Lockhart, John Pallister,and#160;andand#160;their group of scientists who risk their lives, investigating deadly volcanoesand#160;that remain constant threats to people around the world.
About the Author
Elizabeth Ruschand#8217;s obsession with volcanoes began at age 13, when she watched the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens on television. Now she lives in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by Cascade volcanoes. She learned about the incredible work of the volcanologists in this book while researching Will it Blow?: Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helen, which was a Washington Reads pick and a Natural History magazine best book for young readers. Lizand#8217;s other award-winning nonfiction titles for children include The Mighty Mars Rovers, a Junior Library Guild selection, and The Planet Hunter: The story behind what happened to Pluto. She has also published more than a hundred articles in magazines such as Smithsonian, Backpacker, and American Girl. Liz is the authorand#160;ofand#160;Mighty Mars Rovers,and#160;aand#160;Scientists in the Field book. Tom Uhlman has been a freelance photographer for 25 years. He photographs lots of news and sporting events, but enjoys shooting pictures of wildlife and the natural world most of all. Visiting some of the most famous volcanos in the world and meeting the people who study them was a special treat. Tom's photographs can also be seen inand#160;upcoming Scientists in the Field book Park Scientists, and previously in Emi and the Rhino Scientist and The Bat Scientists.