Ebola

Fears and Facts

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

Ebola is a deadly contagious disease. From 1975 to 2013, it killed about 1,500 people. But a 2014 epidemic killed more than six times that number. At first the outbreak was contained to one country. But soon it spread to two others—the virus was on the move, and people were scared. When two American healthcare workers became infected and were sent to the United States for treatment, many people feared a pandemic—an outbreak that would spread all over the world. Could it happen?

Ebola: Fears and Facts takes you behind the sensational headlines to address questions and concerns about the virus. Learn about the history of the disease, its symptoms, and how it spreads. Find out how the 2014 epidemic compares to past Ebola outbreaks, as well as to outbreaks of other infectious diseases. With a question-and-answer section and reference maps, Ebola: Fears and Facts will help you to better understand this most-feared disease.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-46779-240-0
$31.99 $23.99
978-1-46779-259-2
$47.99 $35.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Science
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 8.6
BISACS JNF051050, JNF053000, JNF024020
Dewey 616.9'1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 1020
ATOS Reading Level 7.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 175320
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, and Table of contents

Awards

  • Booklist Editor's Choice, Winner, 2016
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2016
  • ACL Distinguished Book, Winner, 2016
  • Booklist Top 10 Science and Health Books for Youth, Winner, 2015
  • Eureka! Children’s Book Award Silver Honor, Commended, 2015

Reviews

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[A] story not just of medical crisis but of cultural conflicts and xenophobic mistrust as well. . . . While Newman’s unsensationalized account leaves room for hope, it refuses to whitewash grim news.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Booklist

“Newman’s level-headed, clearly written title, which reads like a well-researched and in-depth journal article, covers many aspects of the disease. . . . Incredibly up-to-date, sobering, and sensibly written, this multidisciplinary approach to a timely, important topic will be a practical addition to both public and school libraries.”—starred, Booklist

School Library Journal

“Breaking new ground, Newman has written a truly excellent book for middle grade students that tackles the terrifying specter of Ebola. As the title suggests, readers will come away with more facts and less fears.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[O]ffers readers context for recent news headlines….A well-organized, informative overview.”―Kirkus Reviews

Author: Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman has a passion for uncovering fascinating aspects about our world and crafting books that lead children on an adventure of discovery. She gravitates toward stories about animals and conservation science and enjoys sharing her excitement with readers. Books include Sibert Honor title Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; Junior Library Guild Selection Eavesdropping on Elephants; Bank Street College Best Book Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Booklist Editor's Choice Ebola: Fears and Facts; and Green Earth Book Award winner Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She frequently speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences about writing and conservation. Visit her at www.patriciamnewman.com.