Ashfall by Mike Mullin

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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, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

About Mike Mullin

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Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mike's first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mike has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at Central Library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant. Mike has worked in his mother's business, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, for more than twenty years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer, school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant. Mike wrote his first novel in elementary school-Captain Poopy's Sewer Adventures. He's been writing more or less nonstop ever since, but fortunately for his readers, Ashfall will be his first published novel. Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Visit for more info about Mike and Ashfall and its sequel, Ashen Winter.
Published October 14, 2011 by Tanglewood Press. 474 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Continue "The pre-Friday world of school, cell phones, and refrigerators dissolved into this post-Friday world of ash, darkness, and hunger."

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Left home alone for a weekend in Cedar Falls, Iowa, while his family visits relatives in Warren, Ill., 15-year-old Alex Halprin ends up fighting for survival trying to get to them through an America ravaged by the sudden eruption of the supervolcano under Yellowstone Park.

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In his bio Mike Mullin reported on his inability to find the right job over the years but after reading his debut novel, Ashfall, I'd say he's found it!

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Interestingly, the protagonist in both books is named Alex -- a girl in Ashes, and a boy in Ashfall.

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To find out more about Mike Mullin and read the first two chapters of Ashfall: Mike Mullin’s Ashfall Click Here for an Interview with Mike Mullin.

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The Young Folks

Sometimes when reading a story, I stop to think about something else, sometimes it’s pertaining to the story I’m reading, and then I go back to reading.

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The Young Folks

Ashfall is about what happens when this volcano blows and follows a boy named Alex as he treks from Iowa to Illinois to find his family.

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Buried Under Books

Alex, a fifteen-year-old living in Cedar Falls, Iowa, is alone for the weekend, having browbeat his parents into letting him stay home while they take his little sister to visit relatives in Warren, Illinois.

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With a backpack of supplies and a pair of skis Alex begins his chilling journey entering a terrifying landscape of lawlessness and destruction.

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