|Volcanoes : fire and life (Science comics)|
Author: Chad, Jon
Aurora, a young explorer, introduces the science and characteristics of volcanoes, discussing lava, tectonic plates, the creation of new land masses, and magma vents. In graphic novel format.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 501186
School Library Journal (00/12/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2016 Gr 4–7—Aurora, her siblings, and their teacher are fuel mappers, charged with the task of finding burnable material to provide heat for their community in a futuristic world where everything is frozen. On one expedition, they happen upon a library, and they scan all of the books onto their devices in order to preserve the information after the volumes have been burned. Aurora discovers a title about volcanoes, and she spends all night reading and learning everything she can about them. Becoming completely obsessed, she shares a constant stream of facts with her skeptical fellow explorers, interrupting their search for fuel. Aurora is certain that volcanoes are the answer to the world's need for warmth, and despite discouraging comments from the others, she ultimately meets with success. Interwoven into the tale are factual pieces of this graphic novel, presented at a frenetic pace that matches the urgency of the characters' need to find a way to survive. The artwork is bold and engaging, cleverly intertwining the science and the more fantastical elements of the narrative. Some portions of the text have the potential to be confusing, as Chad switches between fact and fiction, but this should not deter readers. VERDICT This latest volume in the series offers an engaging way to introduce volcanoes to middle graders who prefer a comic book format to more traditional nonfiction.—Sarah Reid, Four County Library System, NY - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/15/2016 The creator of Leo Geo returns to the depths of earth’s crust in this installment in the Science Comics series. Set in a near-future ice age, Aurora and her siblings scavenge for burnable fuel in abandoned, ice-bound houses all over Southern California. When they stumble upon a library, they’re grateful for the windfall, and before bringing the books back to camp to burn for warmth, they settle in to scan them—no sense in losing valuable information, after all. One book about volcanoes catches Aurora’s eye, and she becomes obsessed with harnessing the natural heat of the earth’s core to warm their compound, constantly spouting facts about volcanoes, tectonic plates, and thermodynamics to her companions. While occasionally the informative passages seem shoehorned into the fictional narrative, they’re nevertheless packed with detail. Chad’s well-drawn and clearly labeled diagrams in rich, saturated colors concisely explain key concepts, and vocabulary words are defined both in the text and a glossary. While the stylized cartoon figures and adventure narrative are an entertaining framework, the science fittingly occupies the center stage. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.