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Rusch, Elizabeth.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013
IL 5-8, RL 6.7

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Learn about volcanoes and what is being done to monitor their eruptions by the Volcanic Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP). Its fun to learn about volcanoes from a safe distance. This book combines facts with fabulous photographs as it follows the VDAP on location, monitoring volcanic activity and saving lives and property. As we read this book, some of these emergencies are taking place in the southern Pacific!  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, 2015)

Booktalk #2

Horrified by the deaths of 23,000 people in the 1985 eruption of Nevado del Ruiz in the Andes Mountains, United States Geological Survey scientists, including Andy Lockart, realized that nearly one billion people worldwide live in the shadows of dangerous volcanoes and created the VDAP team. From Mexico to the Philippines, members of the VDAP team move in to measure the telltale signs of impending eruptions rumbling earth, shooting steam, puffing ash plumes in an effort to predict eruptions and order life-saving evacuations. If they get it right, countless lives are saved. If they get it wrong? Join the VDAP team as they predict, monitor, and sometimes personally confront pyroclastic flows, rolling ash clouds, powerful earthquakes, and swiftly-moving mudflows that result from volcanic eruptions. (Booktalk by Betty T. (BT) Bouton, Fort Johnson Middle School, Michelle King, Kennedy Middle School,  South Carolina Junior Book Award)

SUBJECTS:   Volcanic eruptions.

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