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Children's LiteratureTsunamis have been in the news and are frequently the subject of TV documentaries since the horrifying 2004 South Asia tsunami. Young adult readers wanting to learn more about these giant, deadly waves will find a good resource in this book, part of the "Disaster Alert" series. The well-written book begins by squashing a myth: the word, tsunami, comes from two Japanese words meaning harbor and wave. The term, tidal wave, is a misnomer, since tsunamis have nothing to do with tides. The word disaster is well defined at the book's outset: a disaster can be predictable or arrive without warning. It is a destructive event that affects the natural world, as well as human communities. Bravo! From that definition, the book explores what causes a tsunami, as well as its impact on nature and humans. What triggers a tsunami? Does it impact the open ocean or the shore? Can tsunamis be predicted in time to warn people to evacuate to safety? Can a human outrun a tsunami? Was the legendary lost city of Atlantis a real island buried by a tsunami? Who studies tsunami science and how? What about a tsunami's aftermath? The chapter "Staying Safe" explains how communities and individuals have plans for such disasters and what supplies people should have on hand. Best of all, the book has a science experiment in which students can create a mini tsunami and study its effects first hand. With its simple glossary and index, this book would be a great addition to any public, school, or classroom library.A good choice for students who want to learn more about tsunamis. 2006, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 12 to 18.