Debunk It! Fake News Edition

How to Stay Sane in a World of Misinformation

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

We live in an era of misinformation, much of it spread by authority figures, including politicians, religious leaders, broadcasters, and, of course, apps and websites.

In this second edition, author John Grant uses ripped-from-the-headlines examples to clearly explain how to identify bad evidence and poor arguments. He also points out the rhetorical tricks people use when attempting to pull the wool over our eyes, and offers advice about how to take these unscrupulous pundits down. Updated to include a chapter on fake news, Debunk It serves as a guide to critical thinking for young readers looking to find some clarity in a confusing world.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 296
Publication Date 2019-09-03
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN052040, YAN030010, YAN035000
Dewey 121
Dimensions 5 x 7.5
Lexile 1240
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, and Reviewed

Author: John Grant

John Grant is author of about seventy books, including the highly successful Discarded Science, Corrupted Science, and Denying Science. He has received two Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and a number of other international literary awards.


  • 2020 YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound, Winner, 2020
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2020


Kirkus Reviews

“In an era of fake news, click-bait, and viral media, this book demands to be read.”—Kirkus Reviews

John R. Platt

Debunk It! ain’t bunk—it’s the real deal on how anyone can learn to see through disinformation and find their way to the truth, regardless of the source or topic. In an era where too many people purposefully or unwillingly spread lies, misinformation and just plain old propaganda, this book offers a clear and actionable way forward to a better understanding of the world and our place in it. Plus it shines a light on some of the most vile examples of misinformation and gives you the straight story on some of today’s most lied-about issues. An essential book for our modern era.”—John R. Platt, editor, The Revelator