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Comparison of Texts


Take a look at two versions of the story which could have been the ending for Something Rotten.


Original Epilogue                                           Authors for Earthday blog


What similarities did you find? What differences? Why might those choices have been made? 

Compare these versions with the epilogue in Something Rotten. Why do you think the final text was chosen? 

Something Rotten:

A Fresh Look at Roadkill




Something Rotten takes readers on a road trip into the oddly compelling and remarkably informative topic of roadkill.


Along the way readers meet a scientist looking to cure a contagious – yes contagious – cancer, a boy rebuilding animal bodies from the bones up, and citizens stringing up bridges to save endangered monkeys. All thanks to roadkill. 


The discoveries that arise from our flattened fauna will amaze you! ... There's nothing rotten about this book - it's a keeper."

*Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


As Montgomery warns at the start, this book is not for the faint of heart (“It’s full of lung-eating parasites ropes of intestines, and, of course, bloody bodies.”), but be prepared to laugh along the way (chapter six: “Please Pass the Salt”) and to learn a lot.  

*School Library Journal, Starred Review


Author: Heather L. Montgomery

Illustrator: Kevin O'Malley

Bloomsbury, 2018
ISBN: 978-1681199009

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