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Author: Johnson, Rebecca L.
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Year Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-761-38633-9
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6

Zombie Makers

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Zombie Makers will capture the interest of those non-reader boys in the upper grades. With its dripping title and bigger-than-life picture of two insects grappling, Zombie Makers lures them into pages full of stories of the real zombie makers found in nature. Starting with fungus spores and moving to worms, wasps and micro-organisms, Johnson shows how the insect zombies are created, linking their behaviour to the popular ideas of zombies; jerky, uncoordinated movements, ignorance of pain, and controlled by something alien inside them. The blood-red, green and black spattered pages are the perfect background for the text and the vivid photographs. Each story is matched with the ‘Science Behind the Story’ as Johnson brings in scientists who are studying the effects of the zombie makers. Vivid, often a bit gruesome, this is sure to be a hit.

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