REVIEW: CHERNOBYL'S WILD KINGDOM: LIFE IN THE DEAD ZONE by Rebecca L. Johnson This is a deeply-researched, detailed, science-grounded account of the Exclusion Zone at and surrounding Chernobyl, site of the tremendous nuclear accident on April 26, 1986. At once simultaneously terrifying and encouraging, the author recounts the findings of courageous science researchers who have consistently studied the Zone, and its inexplicable "return" of life. This reminded me also if those scientists who research "extremophiles," the life forms surviving and thriving at extreme.environmental temperatures and conditions: volcanoes, deserts, the bottom of oceans, etc. Surely these species at Chernobyl must be in the same category, as they consume radioactive foodstuffs, yet prosper. I highly recommend this well-illustrated and important book, for middle grades on through adult readers.