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An Interview on Public Radio

Heather takes a reporter to the roadside

Works Cited

Dig into 8 pages of research goodness!

About the Process

Nonfiction Authors Dig Deep 

Melissa Stewart's Celebrate Science blog

Rules and Roadkill

Nerdy Book Club blog

Peeking into the Mind

STEMTuesday Author Interview

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. 

2019 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book

​Junior Library Guild Selection

​Notable Children's Book 2019

​VOYA 's Nonfiction Honor List

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

Montgomery inspires curiosity, asks excellent questions, and makes science and investigating roadkill fascinating to learn.

​*School Library Connection, Highly Recommended

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 and to learn a lot.  

*School Library Journal, Starred Review

Author: Heather L. Montgomery

Illustrator: Kevin O'Malley

Bloomsbury, 2018
ISBN: 978-1681199009

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? 

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Simple Acts Save Lives

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The Chapter That Didn't Make It

An entire chapter, "Jaws of Death," was eliminated during the revision of Something Rotten. Download it here.

Enjoy reading this bonus chapter. Why do you think it was cut? I'd love to hear your reasoning. Teachers, parents and other adults can send me a message via the "Contact" page.