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Fighting Fire!

by Michael L. Cooper

From colonial times to the modern day, two things have remained constant in American history: the destructive power of fires and the bravery of those who fight them.

Fighting Fire! brings to life ten of the deadliest...

Doomsday Rocks From Space

by Margaret Poynter

What happened to the dinosaurs? Scientific evidence suggests that a giant asteroid crashed into Earth 65 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs. This doomsday rock could have changed the course of life...

Deadly Storm Alert!: The Dangerous El Niño and La Niña

by Carmen Bredeson

Twisting tornadoes leveled small towns in Florida. Floods washed out roads and homes in Peru. Severe droughts in Indonesia caused roaring forest fires, leaving animals starving. Is it possible that all these...

Deadly Waves: Tsunamis

by Mary Dodson Wade

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean. Buildings trembled, some collapsing, and fires started. But the earthquake had stirred up something even deadlier: a tsunami....

Fiery Volcano: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens

by Carmen Bredeson

From his observation point just five miles from Mount St. Helens, geologist David Johnston said "This is it!" before his radio went dead. Johnston watched the volcano explode. His body was never found. During...

True Wilderness Rescue Stories

by Susan Jankowski

Many people go into the wilderness as a way to escape from their daily lives. But sometimes what starts out as a fun trip can turn into a harrowing story of danger. Read about thrilling rescues that took place...

True Underground Rescue Stories

by Jeff C. Young

A baby trapped in a well, a man looking for caves in Kentucky, coal miners and gold miners put in deadly predicaments, and a man rescuing another from an oncoming subway train. What do these stories have in...

True Ocean Rescue Stories

by Susan Jankowski

A naval ship lost in battle, a vessel wrecked by an iceberg, and even a surfer rescued by a family of dolphins are some of the exciting tales of struggle and survival that will keep youngsters on the edge of...

True Mountain Rescue Stories

by Glenn Scherer

The chilly climate and thin air of the mountain biome adds an extra layer of danger to mishaps that occur at high altitudes. Shocking and triumphant true accounts of railroad wrecks, plane and helicopter crashes,...

Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth's Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects

by Kathleen M. Reilly & Tom Casteel

When natural disasters happen they grab headlines around the world. People, creatures, and the environment are all impacted when nature gets out of control. Natural disasters can be upsetting to live through,...


by Brenda Z. Guiberson

Natural and man-made disasters have the power to destroy thousands of lives very quickly. Both as they unfold and in the aftermath, these forces of nature astonish the rest of the world with their incredible...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #15: Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #28: High Tide in Hawaii

by Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce & Sal Murdocca

Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie!


When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #28: High Tide in Hawaii,...

What Was Hurricane Katrina?

by Robin Koontz, John Hinderliter & Kevin McVeigh

On August 25th, 2005, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in history hit the Gulf of Mexico. High winds and rain pummeled coastal communities, including the City of New Orleans, which was left...

When the Earth Shakes

by Simon Winchester

Earthquakes,volcanoes,tsunamis.Headline-making natural disasters with devastating consequences for millions of people. But what do we actually know about these literally earth-shaking events?New York Times bestselling...

Zane and the Hurricane

by Rodman Philbrick

Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick presents a gripping yet poignant novel about a 12-year-old boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina. Zane Dupree is a charismatic...