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Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing Earth forever.

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano finally erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee on a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.

Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait–to heal or to die. Instead, he finds a friend in Darla and her mother. With Darla he fights to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.

If you liked the dystopia of Hunger Games you will love Ashfall! This also sounds a lot like Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer, another great read!

 

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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Did you know that Coco Channel was a Nazi spy? In this book, the author reveals the truth of Chanel’s long-whispered collaboration with Hitler’s high-ranking officials in occupied Paris from 1940 to 1944. He writes of her decades-long affair with Baron von Dincklage, described in most Chanel biographies as being an innocuous, English-speaking tennis player, playboy, and harmless dupe—a loyal German soldier and diplomat serving his mother country and not a member of the Nazi party. However, in Vaughan’s absorbing, meticulously researched book, Dincklage is revealed to have been a Nazi master spy and German military intelligence agent who ran a spy ring in the Mediterranean and in Paris and reported directly to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, right hand to Hitler. The book pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative, and how, despite the French court’s opening a case concerning her espionage activities during the war, she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and triumphantly resurrect and reinvent herself—and rebuild what has become the iconic House of Chanel.

Reviewed by Mrs. Vaughn

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