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Synopsis: After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion in Ukraine, scientists believed radiation had created a vast and barren wasteland in which life could never resurface. But the Dead Zone, as the contaminated area is known, doesn't look dead at all. In fact, wildlife seems to be thriving there. The Zone is home to beetles, swallows, catfish, mice, voles, otters, beavers, wild boar, foxes, lynx, deer, moose even brown bears and wolves. Yet the animals in the Zone are not quite what you'd expect. Every single one of them is radioactive.

In Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom, you'll meet the international scientists investigating the Zone's wildlife and trying to answer difficult questions: Have some animals adapted to living with radiation? Or is the radioactive environment harming them in ways we can't see or that will only show up in future generations? Learn more about the fascinating ongoing research and the debates that surround the findings in one of the most dangerous places on Earth.

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!

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