Zombie Makers

True Stories of Nature's Undead

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Are zombies real? As far as we know, dead people do not come back to life and start walking around, looking for trouble. But there are things that can take over the bodies and brains of innocent creatures, turning them into senseless slaves. Meet nature’s zombie makers—including a fly-enslaving fungus, a suicide worm, and a cockroach-taming wasp—and their victims.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.3
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF003000, JNF051150, JNF051000
Dewey 578.6'5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 800
ATOS Reading Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 153400
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents

Author: Rebecca L. Johnson

Rebecca L. Johnson writes award-winning nonfiction for children and young adults about scientific discoveries and the scientists who make them. She hopes her books will inspire new generations of scientists by introducing readers to some of the remarkable species with whom we share the planet. Learn more at www.rebeccajohnsonbooks.com.


  • NYC Reads 365 Recommended Reading List, Winner, 2015
  • Missouri State Teacher's Association Reading Circle Selection, Winner, 2014
  • Maine Student Book Award, Winner, 2014
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2013
  • Society of Midland Authors Award Runner-Up, Runner-up, 2013
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2012
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2012
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2012



“An apropos tie-in with pop culture…[Zombie Makers] slays reader apathy from the first glimpse of the cover art.”



“Disgustingly good.” —Booklist Online

School Library Journal

“Scientific in its approach, this slender book gives children a look at scientific research in real time, and also shows how little we truly know in a less-than-lovely field.” —starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Science writing at its grossest and best.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews