By Kate Jackson / Illustrated by Natalie Rowe
This is the true story of Katie, a meter-long western diamondback rattlesnake, and her adventures as she struggles to make a life for herself in the harsh Sonoran Desert. Although the story is told from Katie's point of view, the reason we know so much about her life is because of the work of scientists, who also appear in the story.
This is the perfect read for any child who wonders what it might be like to be a rattlesnake, as well as for older children who want to know more about what it's like to be a biologist and what the science of studying reptiles and amphibians (herpetology) is all about.
Winner of the 2010 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards) Silver Medal for multicultural non-fiction children's books.