Heather L. Montgomery

Something Rotten

When Heather L. Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the road, she wonders: How come he doesn’t bite his lip with those long fangs? So she picks him up, makes a discovery, and ends up dissecting the snake. A wildlife lover with a penchant for the animals that litter the roadways, Heather isn’t satisfied with dissecting just one snake. Her 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 Tasmanian scientists who use corpses to investigate contagious cancer, to researchers who discovered a whole new species, to a South African boy who rebuilds animal skeletons bone-by-bone, to Alaskan students who serve up animal remnants, Heather discovers that death is just the beginning for these creatures.

Heather L. Montgomery

Heather L. Montgomery writes for kids who are wild about animals. The weirder, the wackier, the better. An award-winning educator, Heather uses yuck appeal to engage young minds. She has a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in environmental education and has published over a dozen nonfiction books. Recent books include: Bugs Don’t Hug: Six-Legged Parents and Their Kids (Charlesbridge) and Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill (Bloomsbury). Visit her online at heatherlmontgomery.com.

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