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Thompson, Luke.
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Publication Information:
New York : Children's Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 23 cm.
Defines tsunamis and describes the geologic forces that cause them, as well as the damage they can inflict when the huge walls of ocean water strike land.
Reading Level:
900 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 0.5 46906.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.1 4 Quiz: 22566 Guided reading level: S.

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GC221.5 .T48 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GC221.5 .T48 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Perfect for reluctant teen readers who are curious about the destructive power of planet Earth, or who are researching a science paper, the Natural Disasters series explains how and why natural disasters occur, and how to stay safe if the reader should experience one. Each book includes both historical and current accounts of natural disasters around the world.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-10-Whether their interest lies in the raw power of nature or its resulting destruction, natural disasters are often a fascinating topic. This slim volume, although billed as a high-interest/low-reading level title, is likely to find a wider audience. It is packed with information on the hows and whys of tsunami creation, movement, and the damage that it causes. Each chapter opens with a brief anecdote of a true event with factual material following in short segments and sidebars. The simple diagrams are excellent and the numerous dramatic color photos enliven the presentation. A "Fact Sheet" shows a full-color, topographical world map labeled with the locations and dates of major tsunamis. Given the enduring interest in surfing and the popularity of the Disney movie Johnny Tsunami, this quality book should fly off the shelves.-Steve Clancy, Colonial Village Elementary School, Niagara Falls, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
1 How a Tsunami Startsp. 9
2 How Tsunamis Movep. 19
3 Prediction and Safety Tipsp. 31
Fact Sheetp. 40
New Wordsp. 42
For Further Readingp. 44
Resourcesp. 45
Indexp. 47
About the Authorp. 48