Children's LiteratureOn May 18, 1980, Roald Reitan was fishing in the Toutle River when he noticed that the normally clear waters were becoming cloudy. As he watched, the river began to rise, debris began floating by, and soon the water looked like chocolate pudding. He decided to leave the area quickly, but before he could make it into his car, the waters had risen over it. Although he had not seen or heard anything unusual, Roald was camped on Mount St. Helens the day it erupted and lived to tell his survival story. From volcanoes to earthquakes, floods, landslides and forest fires, this book recounts the amazing escapes of individuals from famous natural disasters. The author makes good use of primary sources, including quotes from the survivors themselves, and lists all sources in the extensive notes. Detailed background information and useful illustrations explain the nature of the disasters, and several black and white photos show the power of these natural disasters. With a detailed index and bibliography, this book offers an unusual addition to studies on natural disasters and their impact on human lives. This book is part of the "Great Escapes" series by Lucent Books. 2004, Lucent Books/The Gale Group, Ages 12 up.