Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Jon Chad
Illustrator: Sophie Goldstein
Publisher: First Second
Aurora, her siblings, and their teacher are in charge of finding burnable material to heat their community in a futuristic frozen world. When they come across a library, their teacher is excited to record the material and then use the books as fuel. Aurora comes across a book about volcanoes and is interested in finding one. She recognizes signs around them that they might be close to a volcano. Her teacher and siblings, however, believe that she is distracting them from their main goal. In the end, the group comes across a volcano and realizes that the earth really is alive, moving, and changing.
This graphic novel would be most appropriate for children fourth to seventh grade. It is packed full of facts about volcanoes, but revolves around a fictional story about a girl named Aurora and is set in the future. The characters continually ask scientific questions and correct misconceptions in a way that is fun and easy to follow, especially for kids who love science. The teacher in this book seems to be an adult “know-it-all” who doesn’t trust kids, which might be a downside of this book for some readers. Many measurements and rates are included throughout the text, but they are compared to things that kids are familiar with.