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.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre 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
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF024020, JNF051050, JNF053000
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

Author: Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman wants us all to know we are part of nature. As a Robert F. Sibert Honor recipient, she shows us how our actions ripple around the world, empowers us to find our own connections to nature, and encourages us to use our imaginations to act on behalf of our communities. Patricia likes to think of her books as a contribution that helps make the world a better place for the next generation. Her nonfiction titles have received multiple starred reviews, Orbis Pictus Recommended Awards (NCTE), Green Earth Book Awards, several Eureka! Awards from the California Reading Association, and most have been included in the Bank Street College's Best Books of the Year lists. To learn more, visit her website at patriciamnewman.com or connect with her on social media.


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


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


“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