Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill

by Heather L. Montgomery illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
Short Summary
Death is just the beginning when scientists, hobbyists, and restaurateurs get their hands on roadkill.

Good For:
High-Interest Nonfiction, Equal Parts Gross-Out and Too-Cool-to-Believe, Little-Known Animal Facts, Compelling First-Person Journey of Exploration and Discovery

Topics and Themes:
Animals, Roadkill, Death and Decay, Roadkill Restaurants, Autopsy, Taxidermy, Skeletons, Animal Forensics, Medicine, Disease and Treatment, Scientific Research Methods
Some mature content.

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When Heather L. Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the side of the road, her first instinct is to pick it up and dissect it—she’s always wanted to see how a snake’s fangs retract when they close their mouths, and it’s not exactly safe to poke around in a live reptile’s mouth. A wildlife researcher with a special penchant for the animals that litter the roadways, Heather isn’t satisfied with dissecting just one snake.

Heather’s fascination with roadkill sets her off on a journey from her own backyard and the roadways of the American South to scientists and kids in labs and homes across the globe. From biologists who use the corpses of Tasmanian devils to investigate cures for a contagious cancer to a scientist who discovered a whole new species of bird from a single wing left behind to a boy rebuilding animal bodies from the bones up to a restaurant that serves up animal remnants, Heather discovers that death is just the beginning for these creatures.

This engaging narrative nonfiction book offers an eye-opening, often irreverent look at the dead and dying animals that we pass by without a second thought—as well as a fascinating insight to the scientific research process.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 6 - 12
    • Ages: 11 - and up
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-54637-8