Book 1: Whoosh

NewFrontCover“Race ya.”
 The sun was barely peeking over the horizon at Yellowstone National Park when Melody shouted this unexpected challenge to her twin brother Mallory.
 “No fair. You got a head start!”
 A head start was exactly what Melody had in mind. She wanted to make sure Mallory didn’t reach Old Faithful before she did. (He didn’t)

If 7-year-old Melody Maloney had been standing anywhere else or Geyser Eruptionat any other time, this would have been an ordinary adventure story. But nature has a way of behaving that doesn’t always follow the rules.

What happens when the Old Faithful Geyser at Yellowstone decides to misbehave? Melody and her twin brother Mallory find out, but no one believes them.

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Helpful Hints

Chapter 1
Old Faithful = “Old Faceful?”

Geysers (Earth, Space Science) Old Faithful Area
Geysers at Yellowstone

Chapter 2
Old Faithful Behaves

Food and nutrition; Tai Chi exercises (Health); Microbes/bacteria (Biology); Wyoming and Chicago (Earth) Microorganisms

Chapter 3
Bubbling Along the Boardwalk

Paint pots; mud pots; geysers (Earth);  Sounds and spelling (Language)

Chapter 4
Nature: A Closer Look

Drawing (Arts); Geysers; Hot springs; Fumeroles; Paint pots; Volcanoes; Caldera (Earth); Hydrogen sulfide (Chemistry); Word derivations; Classic poetry (Language) Geysers (Wikipedia)
How Volcanoes Work
Types of Yellowstone Geysers

Chapter 5
All Steamed Up

Water molecules; Steam (Chemistry); Comparing big and little things (Math)

Chapter 6
How Hot Is Hot?

Geysers; Mud pots (Earth); Heat; Pressure; Temperature (Physics); Classic books; Writing/singing; Poems (Language)

Chapter 7
Living Thermometers

Bacteria; Extremophiles; Plant metabolism (Biology); Humor (Values); Word derivations (Language); Microscopes (Technology); Creativity (Life Skills) Extremophiles (Wikipedia)

Chapter 8
pH? What’s That?

pH; Elements (Chemistry);  Dreams for the future (Work) What is pH?

Chapter 9
Telling Grandpa Mike about Yellowstone

Gratitude (Values)

Chapter 10
Next Adventure