{I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980: Lauren Tarshis}I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 by Lauren Tarshis
Series: I Survived
Published by Scholastic Press on August 30, 2016
Genres: Adventure, Childrens, Historical Fiction, Middle School
Pages: 112
Format: Paperback
Source: Store Bought
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{Synopsis} – It was one the most beautiful mountains in America, Mt. St. Helens, in Washington State. But what many didn’t know was that this peaceful mountain had an explosive past. For more than a century, it had been quiet. But below ground, pressure had been building, and soon, Kaboom! Mt. St. Helens would erupt with terrifying fury.

Eleven-year-old Jessie Marlowe knew the mountain well, and like many, she never imagined that this serene wilderness could turn deadly. But on May 10th, 1980, Jessie finds herself in the middle of the deadliest volcanic eruption in U.S. history. Trapped on the mountain, she must escape clouds of poisonous gas, boiling rivers, and landslides of rock, glacial ice, and white-hot debris.

The newest book in the I Survived series will take readers into one of the most dramatic events in recent U.S. history where they will meet one of nature’s most devastating forces.

{My thoughts} – Jessie is a brave and strong girl in this book. It was an interesting change to how the books are written, because up until now – all the main characters have been boys. When I’d started this book and the main three characters were introduced I was thinking it was gonna be mostly based on the twin boys Eddie and Sam. It didn’t quite turn out that way though.

Jessie lost her dad awhile back so it is just her and her mom. They have neighbors and friends that they are close to though. Those neighbors and friends help the days pass by. Sam and Eddie’s family are some of those neighbors and friends. For as long as Jessie can remember the three of them have always been the best of friends.

The three of them Jessie, Same and Eddie end up being dared to go take a picture of someone called the skeleton woman. It’s an old legend that is meant to scare people and children. This girl Missy in their class dares them to get a photo of this legend. They decide that they will do it to prove the girl wrong. When they get into the old shack that is to be where the Skeleton Woman hangs out the ground starts to shake. They aren’t sure what is going on and they rush down the mountain towards the twins dad.

When they reach him they learn that it was an earthquake and that they have been occurring more frequently in the area. They also learn that a scientist is there studying the situation and that he is certain the mountain is going to erupt. So much happens once they are told the mountain is more then likely going to erupt.

Jessie and the twins nearly die when the mountain does finally erupt. Her bravery, quick thinking and thought process in such a crisis saved them. I am extremely in awe about how her quick thinking helped to save their lives. At her age, I don’t think I would have been thinking that clearly.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a nice fast read like the previous in the series and I look forward to reading more books in the series in the near future.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.