Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkillby Heather L. Montgomery illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
- Item #65W2 in
- Grades: 6 - 12
- Ages: 11 - and up
Death is just the beginning when scientists, hobbyists, and restaurateurs get their hands on roadkill.
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
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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.