Thursday, November 5, 2015

Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone by Rebecca L. Johnson

Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone
This is an interesting book for young people about the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster's effect on animals and plants in the area around it.  While most scientists thought that all plant and animal life would die or be deformed, some animals have proved to be very resilient and for the most part, unharmed, while others do suffer from the radiation.  The study of these plants and animals is important due to the proliferation of nuclear power plants.  The book also includes a chapter about the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster and it's effects on wildlife.  With photographs, maps and charts and a glossary at the end, I think this is an excellent book for middle grade children.

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