When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

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Certainly since man first walked the earth, there must have been great curiosity about why the land and the sea would sometimes shake, rattle, and roll or the mountains would blow their tops. Nothing has changed. The curiosity is still great and, especially on the part of young people, good explanations are not easy to find.

Take an Oxford trained geologist who has a love of adventure and writing and turn him into a journalist, and you have the perfect person to write an absolutely fascinating book that explains much about those earthshaking events: volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Simon Winchester is just such a man. Put him together with the Smithsonian, which has access to vast archival photographic resources, and the result is a book for the middle-grade set that will have older siblings and parents and even grandparents stealing a look. The information presented is rich and captivating with enough detail to satisfy readers.

The photographs, graphics, and illustrations are perfect to complete the stories told. Winchester’s research is impeccable, and he fills the pages with extraordinary statistics and particulars that will have readers turning pages as quickly as they can absorb the words. Don’t miss this book.

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Author Simon Winchester
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 80 pages
Publisher Viking Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2015-Jun-23
ISBN 9780670785360
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Issue August 2015
Category Children's


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