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Zombie Makers
True Stories of Nature's Undead
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By Rebecca L. Johnson
Illustrated by
Millbrook Press

ISBN-10: 0-7613-8633-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-7613-8633-9

Pages: 48
Trim Size: 9 3/4 x 9 3/4
Dewey: 578.6'5
Reading Level: 5

Interest Level: 4-8
Ages: 9-14

ATOS Quiz #: 153400
ATOS AR Points: 1.00
ATOS: 5.30

Lexile Level: 800
5 Award(s)
4 Review(s)
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by Rebecca L. Johnson

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 innoc...
Author's Note, Bibliography, Full-Color Photographs, Further Reading, Glossary, Index, Table of Contents, Websites
About the Author
Rebecca L. Johnson has always loved to read, and her tastes in books in grade school were quite a mix—adventure stories, animal stories, lots of nonfiction science, but also mysteries, science fiction, and some adult books, too. She remembers reading Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables when she was 10 years old. It was a challenge, but she became so engrossed in the story that she could hardly put it down.

Rebecca started writing books shortly after she graduated from college, first college biology textbooks and then special high-interest pieces on different science topics that went into middle school and high school science textbooks. Her first book for kids was about pheromones, chemicals that some types of animals use to communicate. Lerner published that book back in the late 1980s, and they have published quite a few more of Rebecca's books over the years.

Doing research for books has taken Rebecca to a lot of amazing places where she's had fantastic opportunities to work with real scientists and at times help them with their research. Over the years she's spent about 9 months in Antarctica and many weeks scuba diving with researchers on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. She has also traveled as deep as 2500 feet below the ocean’s surface in the Johnson-Sea-Link submersible, several times. The world is full of wonderful places, but visiting the deep sea was a life-changing experience, and Rebecca has never looked at anything in quite the same way since.

Most of her books so far have been nonfiction, but Rebecca is working on a young adult novel at the moment. It’s quite a change, but she has to admit that it’s really fun to be able to make things up!
ALA Notable Children's Books
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
Kirkus Best Children's Books
New York Public Library's Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
Society of Midland Authors Award
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
"An apropos tie-in with pop culture...[Zombie Makers] slays reader apathy from the first glimpse of the cover art."

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"Disgustingly good." --Booklist Online

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