In 1980s Washington state, Mt. St. Helens is rumbling. Twelve-year-old Maribel isn't concerned at first, despite officials evacuating her neighborhood. Her family is convinced it's just a precaution, even as the mountain continues to rumble. Maribel decides to disobey orders and return home for items she and her sister left behind — just as the volcano finally erupts. As ash rains down, Maribel realizes she must learn to focus if she's going to survive.
This historical fiction novel from the Girls Survive series captures the chaos and confusion of the Mt. St. Helens eruption. Through Maribel's eyes, residents' reluctance to leave the area when the warnings first came out will be relatable to young readers. Discussion questions and other non-fiction material at the back finish off this story of survival, courage, and hope.