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This action-packed, science-infused adventure follows a group of seven kids racing to save the world from a deadly supervolcano.

Brianna Dobson has been chosen to work with world-renowned geologist Dr. Grier in Yellowstone National Park for the summer, and she couldn’t be more excited!

But then Dr. Grier tells her and the other kids on the project the real reason she’s
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ebook, 352 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Kathryn
Oh dear. This is barely three stars for me. I can't honestly say that I liked it. The chief feeling I had while reading it was one of annoyance. It could have been so good! I think the author had a great idea, and her heart was in the right place. There are things to celebrate. I love the idea of kids using science to save the world. The setting certainly allowed for lots of adventure and excitement. I appreciated the cast of diverse characters from different backgrounds working together, ...more
Ms. Yingling
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Kenzie, Brianna, Wyatt and Todd have all have won the opportunity to study with Dr. Grier in Yellowstone National Park, observing the volcanoes. Aided by Ms. McNamary, the children get settled into their camp, find out a little bit about each other, and learn what they will be doing for the summer while they are away from their parents. Yellowstone has a supervolcano that is in danger of erupting, and Dr. Grier is trying to stop it. The problem? Adults are too big to send into the crevices to ...more
Qt
For me, this was probably more of a two-star book, but there were some interesting ideas and a couple of twists I didn't see coming, and maybe I just wasn't the right audience for it, so I'm going with three stars. I never connected to any of the characters and had a hard time following the "scientific" aspects of it.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary | "Empathy" - Look it up.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Seismic Seven via random Twitter drawing by the author that I entered. This does not affect my review.

The Seismic Seven is the second book I’ve read from Katie Slivensky. I read her first –The Countdown Conspiracy– so that I could better interview her last year for the site. I absolutely adoredCountdown Conspiracy(and will, eventually, re-read it so I can get a review up), and was beyond excited when I was selected to be an ARC recipient forThe Seismic Seven.

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Kayla
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fun roller coaster from Katie Slivensky!! Both of her books would make excellent movies. I love that she pushes the plot to the extreme, and the solutions aren’t simple. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I definitely recommend both of her books.
The only negative- a few swears and a bunch of religious exclamations. Neither enhance the writing or story.
Michele Knott
I’m so glad Slivensky is giving us more science fiction to love and read. Another heart stopper, suspenseful, action packed book!
Laura
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Starts out as a standard "going to do something interesting during Summer Vacation" book with a bunch of misfits but ends up as a Saving the World book. I don't know that much about vulcanology, or the Yosemite supervolcano, but with Mount Kilauea erupting this is a timely topic. Because this is one of the "save the world" books, there are times when belief must be suspended and, as a result, the characters don't really change or grow (a couple do, but certainly not all of the seven - and the ...more
Nola Kate
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book did end up pulling me in and making me want to finish even though I wasn’t sure if I would at first.

However, a couple notes:

— the science gets really confusing in some places and what they were doing was hard to picture.

— a couple characters sometimes spoke in Spanish but there were no translations in the book. That was slightly frustrating.

Over all: good book! Fun times.
Kathleen
I suspect that middle grade and middle school students will find this science filled adventure engaging. I found the major plot points hard to accept and the character development of the kids a bit flat.
Michelle Arredondo
I have two boys. A 6 year old and a 10 year old. The 10 year old struggles to read and because of that does not look forward to reading time. Being that I am an avid book reader I always seek out interesting books for him to read so that he will want to dive into a story and enjoy it without feeling like it's work to do so. The Seismic Seven was a recommendation...and from the cover I knew it looked like just the thing that he would be interested in. Reading other reviews...reading the ...more
Jen
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Are you studying earth science with a middle-grade student? This might be the perfect fictional tag along. Is it unlikely that children would be asked to do the tasks of actual scientists? Well, yeah. However, if you suspend your disbelief long enough you'll get sucked into this adventure. This is the twistiest of twisty plots so I don't want to say too much.

Here's the gist: The Seismic Seven follows several kids that are a part of a summer program led by prominent geologist Dr. Samantha Grier
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Lorie Barber
One of the things I liked about The Countdown Conspiracy, Slivensky’s debut, is that I LEARNED so much as I was taken on a wild, rollercoaster of an adventure ride. The same has proven true for her sophomore effort. As I followed the journey of four kids who are trying to save the planet from a supervolcanic eruption, I was given a crash course in earth science. The fast pace and - holy plot twists, Batman - things I never saw coming kept me completely engaged and rooting for the kids.

One thing
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Maddie
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, sci-fi, youth
Another page turner by Katie Slivensky! (Disclaimer, I went to HS with the author but haven't really spoken to her since so I like to think I'm pretty unbiased in this review). As with her debut novel, I love that the protagonist is a girl interested in science (note: That does NOT make this a "girl" book - all kids will enjoy it). The plot is such a roller coaster - there are so many plot twists - it really keeps you reading and on your toes. As an adult reader, I was a bit incredulous but kids ...more
Brandi Nyborg
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through a giveaway. This is a book I really think middle grade readers are going to enjoy. It’s a good action packed thrill ride, filled with plenty of interesting scientific information. There were a variety of characters, but they’re fleshed out well enough that they’re easy to keep track of. I really appreciate the author having the characters act and talk like kids would. It brings a lot more believability to them. My only issue were at times it was a little too wordy ...more
Yapha
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Talk about twists! This book is a serious rollercoaster ride! Bri is one of 4 teens picked to spend the summer in Yellowstone working with a famous scientist there. But as soon as she gets there, she finds that things are not as original described. Instead, they are going to be living and working underground in a series of caves, tunneling close to the supervolcano that lies dormant under Yellowstone. Recent seismic activity, including a devastating earthquake in Los Angeles, has lead them ...more
Elizabeth S
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, why do editors (or publishers or whoever makes these decisions) ever put glossaries at the end of a book? You finish the whole book, guessing as best you can for a few terms, and when you finally finish, voila! A glossary appears, now that it is no longer needed! Think about it and put the glossary first!

For the author, however, high accolades! Well done! Write more books!

This one is not for the faint of heart. Heart pounding intensity. And lots of cool science.
Christina
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
This book will sweep you along - the action never ends! And kids who appreciate a writer who really thinks about the details underlying her science will love anything Katie Slivensky writes.

I'm sad that there's not a companion book to follow this one (yet) because I really got attached to the characters. Their dialogue is wonderful. May I share?:

"Listen, he clearly is here to train his ferrets to fight in the apocalypse in case we fail," Kenzie replies. "He's the Ferret Whisperer. Don't
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Caro
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger
This was a really good book. Riveting and page-turning. I loved the cast of characters and their personalities. This was fun, humorous, suspenseful, had me sitting on the edge of my seat, sneaky, there's plenty of action, tense moments, twists and turns, and a good ending. I would definitely like to read more and see if this great group can and will do more. I'll definitely be looking for more books by this author. It pulled me in and wouldn't let me go until I reached the end of the book. It ...more
Jeff
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I win this ARC in a Goodreads giveaway and I haven't read anything else by the author. I'd also point out that I'm not in the target demographic.

This book is a solid 3.5 with likeable heroes and villains you will dislike (at least). the science is a little shakeup but that is explained in the author's note. at times it is a little frustrating with how naive the characters are and of course, like so many books aimed at this age group, adults are the bad guys. all of this is forgivable when
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Elizabeth
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a lot of things: perseverance, hope, kids being strong, the environment, the future of the human race, etc. Some serious topics that gave me some intense introspection, even as a 30-odd-year-old lady. But mostly, this book is just FUN. I mean, really, it has a flipping supervolcano.

I’m not the core demographic here, but I still stayed up late to gobble it up like an awesome sandwich filled with charismatic kid-heroes rising to the occasion.

Keeping up my nerd-aunt role, I’ll
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Charlotte
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
These 5 kids thought they had won a contest giving them a summer in Yellowstone park. When they they get there, they find out they've been picked for a completely different reason.I
This book is well researched with all the volcanic information. It was all sorts action going on. I think it's geared towards a younger audience, probably graded 4-6. I think it was interesting with many twists and turns. The plotline was well developed. The group of characters were an interesting group of diverse,
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Katie Reilley
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lots of action and adventure in this story set in Yellowstone National Park as a group of kids come together to prevent a supervolcano from erupting. Full of plot twists and turns, this middle grade book is also packed with scientific information and an important message about preserving the environment.

Thanks to author Katie Slivensky for providing our #bookexpedition group an ARC for early review.
Erin Cashman
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Seismic Seven is another thrilling, heart-pounding, adventure by Katie Slivensky! I loved so much about this book - the great characters, the high stakes (yikes! A supervolcanic eruption!), the twists, and especially the environmental issues that Slivensky addresses. Not only is this book highly entertaining, I learned so much - an added bonus! I highly recommend this wonderful book!
Jennifer
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a giveaway
It was hard to get into it in the beginning but i think that is just because it has been a while that i was a teen so younger readers would like it better. i will say i love the twist and turns the story takes. i really got into it when they finally stated to work and it was good from then on.
Sandra Crane
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Thank you Goodreads Giveaway for this book. This book was filled with adventure and action. It had a great plot and lots of scientific information. Can't wait to share this book with my granddaughter.
Anna
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
great book
Patricia Kaniasty
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting. Lots of action. Great second book in series.
Phaea Crede
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The twists! The turns! The science! THE MAGMA!
Susan Sullivan
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant children chosen to save the world from the super volcano in Yellowstone find themselves in a battle between good and evil.
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Katie is a science educator at the Museum of Science in Boston, where she coordinates school visits, does presentations with alligators and liquid nitrogen (not usually at the same time), and runs the rooftop observatory program. With an academic background in paleontology, she only began dabbling in astronomy when she joined the Museum in 2009. It soon became a major passion, and spilled straight ...more