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Toxic Water

Minamata, Japan

From the Series Eco-Disasters

On April 21, 1956, a five-year-old girl was examined at a hospital in Minamata, Japan. Doctors were puzzled by her symptoms which included difficulty walking and speaking and severe convulsions. Days later, her sister came down with the same symptoms. Soon after, more people were found with the same illness. What was causing this devastating disease? Toxic Water: Minamata, Japan traces the tragic story of toxic wastewater from a factory that poisoned an entire Japanese town. Fascinating photos of the actual events, maps, and fact boxes enrich the compelling text. The personal and heart-breaking story will grip and inspire young readers.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
Category Hi-Lo
Subject Science, Social Studies
Copyright 2018
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-07-19
BISACS JNF051160
Dewey 615.9'25663095225
Graphics Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs, Historical photographs
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 890
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Correlations, Glossary of key words, Index, Online learning supplement, Sources for further research, and Table of contents

Author: Meish Goldish