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. 


2019 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book

​Junior Library Guild Selection


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

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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


​​Heather L. Montgomery                                                                                

​​Heather L. Montgomery                                                                                

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