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I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980

(I Survived #14)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,627 ratings  ·  258 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, 107 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
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.
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
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!!!! ...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!!!
Apr 13, 2020 added it
It was a great book. I recommend it to others.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
Fun to read because I was a teenager in southwestern Washington when Mount St. Helen's blew 40 years ago. It erupted two Sundays in a row, and the second time the winds had changed and we got a lot of ash. The ash hung around for several years in nooks and crannies and underbrush. And we had to wear masks. :) ...more
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read this book to my two nephews (aged 10 & 8) they really enjoyed it and I even learnt some interesting facts about volcanoes too. Pretty cool how the author intertwines facts, history and a fictional storyline in this novel. Recommend it for your kids or other I survived books by this author - I read it to them but the writings easy enough for them to read it themselves.
Kelly K
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work-reads, 2019
We get kids asking for these all the time at work. For the most part I found the story dull and I'm honestly really surprised that kids are so into it. The best part was the end when they tell you more about the event. I'll try a few more of these but I've lowered my expectations. ...more
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. ...more
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I've already reached my reading goal for 2020 so this is not padding my count. I purchased this for a young nephew who is interested in the Mt. St Helens eruption of 1980 and decided to read it before I put it in the mail.

This is a good overview of the eruption from the view of Jess and her 2 friends, Sam and Eddie. They live in a small town on the mountain's slopes and are up in the mountain forest in March 1980 when an earthquake hits the area. A volcanologist studying the mountain visits the
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this trip down memory lane, since I have vivid memories of seeing the eruption on television in my youth. I also liked the plot details, which should be good for my elementary kids book club tomorrow. Volcanoes seem like science history, so why have the framing story of a ghost woman? Do the details ring true now, or does the past seem very far away? What disasters could happen around our school?
Audrey Managan Elsasser
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 by Lauren Tarshis was a very good book. It's not a super long book. It's pretty short. It's about a girl named Jessie and two twin boys named Eddie and Sam. The went to the twin's dad's cabin for the day. And they went to explore the woods. And while they were exploring Mount St. Helens erupted. And in the process the boys get hurt, and Jessie needs to get help. ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because it fits a challenge for volcano and volcanologist. It's a middle grade adventure story. It's short at just 112 pages, but I found it engaging, and I learned quite a bit about the area in Washington and the eruption as told through the eyes of a local girl. I recommend reading the Q & A at the end as this is loaded with facts about Mt. St. Helens and is very interesting. ...more
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
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Survived, yes. But now I’m so paranoid I can’t even face a mound of dirt without running.
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Olivia read on her own and rated 4 stars.
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
Shelves: childrens
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. ...more
Spencer Harrigan
I liked it and I have the whole series
Joel Sandoval
I survived by: Lauren Tarshis

Eleven year old Jessie has grown up with the beautiful mount st Helen always in the background she hiked its winding trail and dived into its cold lakes and fished in the streams. of course she knew it was a volcano but not active killing destroying kind. until it explodes with unimaginable fury with Jess in a volcanic event in U.S history.

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.

Plot (Events that take place)

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. ...more
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.
This series has given new life to historical fiction in my library! This one will be especially popular with the Washington connection.
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