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Nature's fury : eyewitness reports of natural disasters
Vogel, Carole Garbuny.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Reference, [2000]

Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Gives eyewitness descriptions of thirteen disasters from 1871 to 1980, including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, blizzards, drought, flash floods, and wildfires.
Reading Level:
1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 5.0 53631.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.5 9 Quiz: 22015 Guided reading level: NR.

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Central Library GB5019 .V64 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Newstead Library GB5019 .V64 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clarence Library GB5019 .V64 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Kenmore Library GB5019 .V64 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library GB5019 .V64 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Here is riveting testimony from people who have survived nature's most devastating calamities, including earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and more. Readers will marvel at the striking photographs while they learn the real stories behind these infamous disasters.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. This edge-of-the-seat book will find its way into the backpacks of many children. It's chock-full of eyewitness accounts of 13 disasters--earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, flash floods, and more--taken from historical archives, newspapers, and personal interviews. The "Good Friday Earthquake" that roared through Alaska in 1964 is featured, as is the 1976 "Great Flash Flood" of Big Thompson Canyon in Colorado. Especially enthralling are Vogel's interviews with survivors, some of whom were children at the time of the disasters. The author even offers some practical survival strategies. Numerous black-and-white photos, sidebars with quotes, a map locating the disasters, source notes, and a bibliography are included. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Vogel, the self-described "Queen of Natural Disasters," resents 13 calamities, based in part on published accounts and on her own interviews with survivors. The events range from the huge blizzards that hit New York City in 1888 and Buffalo in 1977 to the Dustbowl; the hurricane that wiped out Galveston in 1900; the eruption of Mount St. Helens; the Big Thompson Canyon flash flood of 1976; and the little-known Great Peshtigo Fire, which lost its press coverage to the concurrent Great Chicago Fire but killed five times as many people and covered 4.5 million acres. Her quoted passages are brief but telling, "[As we were] sheltered by a ten-foot bank, the body of the flames passed over our heads, making for an hour, an almost solid ceiling of fire-." The array of photographs, such as one of a figure standing helplessly on a Hawaiian dock as a tsunami rears high overhead, or others of heaps of shredded rubble left by the Tri-State Tor-nado of 1925, bear silent witness to the incredible power and destructive force nature sometimes demonstrates. Though she refers to disasters elsewhere, the author focuses mainly on incidents in this country's past, and concludes with safety and preparedness tips. Readers fascinated by these tales of mass destruction, and of survival against long odds, will find at the end source notes, plus carefully chosen lists of books, articles, and Web sites to feed that interest.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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