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"Volcano of Mont Pelée: The Diary of Nicole Mailhot" is a prize-winning short story written by Nicole Hillyard. It won first prize in the third Dear America Writing Contest. The story, along with three others, was later collected into a book in late 2000.

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  • Nicole Mailhot

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Nicole Ashley Hillyard was nine-years-old at the time of the contest. Grand-prize winner, Jodie, is her sister. The sisters lived in Londonderry, New Hampshire, where they were homeschooled. Hillyard originally wanted to write about a Hawaiian volcano, but switched to Mont Pelée while researching. She read several books in order to get the historical details right. It took her two months to write the story.[1]

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