Rebecca L. Johnson

…author of books for children and young adults about amazing science and scientists

Summer 2014 releases:

When Lunch Fights Back cover

Millbrook Press, 2014

In nature, good defenses can mean the difference between surviving a predator’s attack and becoming its lunch…

“Thrilling reading for budding biologists…”

–starred review, Kirkus Reviews


Chernobyl's Wild Kingdom cover

Twenty-First Century Books, 2014

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. Yet the animals in the Zone are not quite what you’d expect. Every single one of them is radioactive…

“An important story clearly and engagingly told

by an experienced science writer…”

–starred review, Kirkus Reviews