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I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980

I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980
Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic, 2016
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
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.

Oh, I am so HAPPY to finally have an I Survived book about a girl! Most of the books featured a girl in a great role, but those girls were never the main characters. I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens is different, though! In every review before this, I always whined about how the girl was never the hero. Apparently, other young girls wrote the author with similar complaints and opinions. This installment was just as exciting and action-packed as all of the others, and I learned a little bit about science and volcanoes, too. I look forward to the next book about the Revolutionary War, and every one after that. Hopefully, we’ll get more girl main characters in the future, too!