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Volcanoes and Earthquakes: A Guide to Our Unquiet Earth

Smithsonian. Oct. 2019. 144p. diag. index. notes. photos. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781588346551.
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Gr 9 Up–This is a short but dense, scholarly guide to volcanoes and earthquakes. On most pages, attractive images or technical diagrams reinforce the concepts. The title, cover, and format will appeal to many readers. However, the dry, academic language makes this an unfit choice for many young people (“The propagation of seismic P- and S- waves and the effect of discontinuity between the mantle and the outer core”). This book would perhaps be an appropriate textbook for older teens, but only a few would choose it as a pleasure read.
VERDICT A rigorously informative book on volcanoes and earthquakes that would better suit a college library.

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