Monday, April 11, 2005


As I watched SuperVolcano on the Discovery Channel last night, I was reminded of the book by Will Weaver, Memory Boy. The setting for this book is northern Minnesota after a series of cataclysmic volcanic eruptions that have changed life. It is three years after the eruptions, and the ash is still falling. Miles Newell and his family are hoping to leave Minneapolis and go north to find a better life. Miles, a 16-year-old, has invented the Ali Princess as their mode of transportation. As they travel, they find that people everywhere have changed and no one trusts anyone. One of the most interesting sections of the book for me was when they stayed at the Norway Beach Campground because I spent many summers on Lake Winnebigoshish in Bena, MN. which is just west of that campground. This book was a 2005 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award nominee.


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