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I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980

(I Survived #14)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,538 ratings  ·  169 reviews
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
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published August 2016)
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I was so excited when I learned about this book that I pre-ordered it even before it was released, and not because I have read any of the other "I Survived" books in this series (apparently this is book #14) but because this was about the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. I lived near Mt. Saint Helens as a child and I experienced first hand this eruption. I saw it, I witnessed the mud flows and the destruction. Friends and classmates lost their homes as parts of my town were destroyed by the mud flo ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-the-children
What I love most about these books is how Tarshis weaves the historical facts in with these familial ties in her characters' lives. Her main characters are always battling some other emotional tragedy, in addition to the disasters, and they are constantly working to overcome them. In this installment, Jess's father had recently passed away and she was struggling with the loss, she held his camera (his most prized possession) near and dear to her, but after leaving it near Mount St. Helens she ri ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was a really good book i love these books too i cant wait to read some more of these!!!
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-june
June: I really liked it because it was like non fiction and fiction mixed together. I was wondering about Mt St Helens because Bop Bop is from there and my science teacher Mr A gave me some ashes from Mt St Helens and I started thinking about it. I saw the book at a book fair and i brought it home and my mom read it to me and it actually was very very good for me.
Royce B
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was awesome because it was a volcanic eruption. The reading age would probably be 4th grade and up. Jess lost her dad's camera in a earthquake which meant there is a warning sign for the Eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Will Jess survive with her friends? Read the book to find out!!!!
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Loved that the main character was a girl for a change... However, my sons and I felt there wasn't quite enough action/thrill that we would normally expect from an I Survived book.
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was okay but it had very fast transitions. Sometimes they were confusing. But the book, like all other I Survived books was full of action. So a pretty good book
Barb Shang-none yo business
Survived, yes. But now I’m so paranoid I can’t even face a mound of dirt without running.
Kim Hampton
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really hit close to home for me. I have a good friend who witnessed the eruption of Mount St Helens and she talks about seeing some of the things that are in this book.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this book, I Survived: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980, is a book about a girl named Jessie who hears about a witch in the forest and goes with her dad’s old camera to get its picture. It falls out of her hands when the ground shakes, and she runs and gets out of there. She goes back to get the camera later, and before she knows it, she is stuck in the biggest volcano eruption in history!

I really like this book because you can feel the emotion in it, like all the books. However, this o
Aug 23, 2018 added it
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Since this is a quick read, has action, and you learn things that aren't boring, I can see how it'd help kids who don't like to read to start enjoying reading.
Spencer Harrigan
I liked it and I have the whole series
Cody Becker
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I liked this book a lot because there was a lot of action in this book. It was really interesting because it was about volcanoes. I did not hate anything in this book, everything was interesting.

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There is a girl named Jessie, and she has a group of friends that believe in a witch. She went to the woods with her friends to look for the witch, and she loses her dad’s camera. She keeps it a secret from her parents that she lost the
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
94 pages; Another great realistic/historical fiction adventure where an 11 year old girl named Jessie encounters a natural disaster that caused great destruction in the northwest of USA. It is the first book with a female as a main character and should be well accepted by both girls and boys. There is plenty of action, tension and disaster to keep readers on the edge. I like how the author writes a letter at the end of each book and gives the read a little more information about the writing proc ...more
Read this for an upcoming parent-child book group I facilitate. This series has interested me since it first came out. If it had been around when I was a kid, I would have gobbled them up quickly.

Since I do have a fairly vivid memory of the actual event - I was about the same age as the kids in the story - I found it even more intriguing.

Great quick read with a scientific and historical bent.
Sep 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a book my student book club is reading. I'm sure it will appeal to third graders.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
best book ever
This series has given new life to historical fiction in my library! This one will be especially popular with the Washington connection.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a series that I think most boys and girls will really like! Made me want to learn more about Mount St. Helens.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jacob L.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The last book that I have read was I Survived The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens. This is a book about an eleven year old kid named Jess and her two friends, Sam and Eddie. They live in a place called Cedar, Washington. They were heading up to Loomis Lake to meet someone named Rowan. They were talking to someone named Missy and she was talking all about someone named Skeleton Woman and how she lives on Mt. St. Helens. They said they would take a picture of her or her cabin if they found it. They tho ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I Survived The eruption of Mount ST. Helens, 1980
A girl named Jessie, also known as Jess, lives in Cedar, Washington. She is dared by Missy at school to go and get a picture of the Skeleton Women. Skeleton Women lives in a shack at loomis lake. When they go to hike up Mount ST. Helens to find the shack an earthquake happens. A scientist that studies volcanoes tells them that Mount ST. Helens is going to erupt very soon. Jess loses her dads camera in the shack and later they come back to
When I was younger, I remember learning about a deadly volcanic eruption. I also remember that the teacher put on a video about a certain eruption. Personally, when I saw this book, I thought it was the eruptions of Mount St. Helen. However, I don't think it was the case.

Throughout my time reading this, I realized that this book was really fast paced. The time span seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Not to mention, there was little to no room for character development. Although it is a b
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This is the first “I Survived” book that I have read and I read it to my six-year-old daughter, Jovie. Her review will follow (it’s her first review that I’m posting on Goodreads!).

I thought this book was ok and I liked the geology involved in telling the tale of Mt. St. Helens. Though, I’m not sure I liked the whole side-story aspect of Skeleton Woman. But, I suppose this is the attempt to garner the kids’ attention and tie it back to the main story.

I thought the way the kids ‘survived’ was a
I'm a fan of this fun little series. It teaches kids about history and gets them excited about reading.

I was super thrilled to see a female MC. Tarshis explained in the back that she kept all the other MCs boys because she was originally writing them for her own children, which are all boys. I don't buy the whole argument that boys won't read books with a girl MC - I think that's something they are taught - so I was happy to see Tarshis breaking her mold.

Jessie and her two best friends, twins
Dawn (Left Coast Reader)
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I’m drawn to the I Survived series because I like learning about real life natural disasters and I want my kids to learn about these important events in a context that’s fun and engaging.

There are two reasons I grabbed this book: First, I was six years old when Mount St. Helens erupted and fascinated by this enormous and catastrophic event. Second, this book is the only one in the series that features a girl as the main character and on the book cover, and as a mother of three girls this is pret
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this to a grade 4/5 class and judging by their reaction it should be at least 4 stars.

I find it difficult to judge a book that is meant for a different age level, but I would have given it at least a 3+. I am familiar with this series since we keep it in the library and usually purchase the newest installment when it comes out. Every story is high action and appeal to not only the boys, but the girls as well. This is the first one to feature a girl as the main character. I asked the boys
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
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“But Jess had outgrown that. And anyway, the twins weren’t so exactly alike. Eddie was quiet and serious. Sam never shut up and he had a fearless streak that sometimes got all three of them into big trouble.” 0 likes
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