I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens 1980 (Lauren Tarshis)

  • Grandmother Cringe Rating (GCR): 1.5
  • Pages: 112
  • Ages: 7+
  • # of books in the series: 16 (though each book has different characters. The thing connecting the books are the disasters that the local kids went through)

This series follows a couple of local kids as they experience a major disaster. They inevitably learn a lesson or two about honesty, trust or other positive characteristics in each book.

In this book, two twin boys and a girl end up in the middle of the Mount St. Helens eruption. They all survive, but need to be hospitalized for a while to recover. None of their injuries are described in detail, and the narration isn’t told in a gruesome or horrifying manner, so even young kids will enjoy it.

  • Language – None
  • Violence – Talk of what a volcanic eruption did as it killed 30,000 people instantly with a superheated blast of poisonous air. The kids get burns that hospitalize them for weeks, but the burns are not described in detail.
  • Sexuality – None

These tales are done in an educational manner, but the storyline is captivating and fun. Kids will enjoy the heroics and bravery, parents will appreciate the lessons the characters learn through the experience.

To purchase this book, click I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (I Survived 14)

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