Gr 4-7-These books provide close-up looks at deadly diseases in the news, describing outbreaks, symptoms, and treatments. The texts are clear and concise, and the authors explain difficult scientific terms without condescension. In E. Coli, Hayhurst highlights the importance of washing hands and food before eating, and Margulies explains the West Nile virus in an approachable manner, emphasizing its seriousness without overstating it. The books on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and botulism are equally well written. The illustrations and photos are clear and informative, and there is no fictionalizing, which makes these titles authoritative introductions to their topics.-Christine A. Moesch, City of Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.