The Day the World Exploded

The Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa

By Winchester, Simon & Chin, Jason

Publishers Summary:
Eruptions. Explosions. Shock waves. Tsunamis. The almighty explosion that destroyed the volcano island of Krakatoa was followed by an immense tsunami that killed more than thirty thousand people. The effects of the waves were felt as far away as France, and bodies were washed up in Zanzibar. Today, one hundred and twenty-five years after the volcano erupted in one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever known, the name Krakatoa is still synonymous with disaster. In this illustrated account based on Simon Winchester's bestselling Krakatoa, the colossal explosion is brought to vivid life. From the ominous warnings leading up to the eruption to the wave of killings it provoked, here is an engaging and insightful look at what happened on the day the world exploded.

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ISBN
978-0-06123-982-3
Publisher
Collins


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2008

Gr 5-8 Zimmerman has successfully adapted Winchester's "Krakatoa" (HarperCollins, 2003) for young people. The book casts light on a specific moment when geological forces interacted with civilization, providing readers with a vivid picture of the destruction and human suffering caused by the volcanic eruption. The volume conveys much historical background to the 1883 Indonesian disaster, including the European colonization of the region in response to the spice trade. R...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

This adaptation of Winchester's adult book <i>Krakatoa</i> details the 1883 volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island. The inclusion of numerous tan...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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