A darkly comedic middle-grade novel that will probably appeal to fans of "The Green Ribbon," both children and adults who enjoy children's fiction. I would probably not recommend for the easily queasy.
“Imagine being a seventh-grader and having parents who own and work in a cadaver lab. They love their work and constantly enjoy talking about their favorite body parts. Imagine having to give up summer camp plans to work in this body part lab that you consider extremely gross. As if that was not bad enough for Fovea (whose name means eyeballs, by the way), imagine having disembodied thawing heads begin to talk to you!! Throw in a tiger kidnapping, weird recording sessions, a random mugger, an order for 600 legs, and you have the makings for a never-to-be forgotten summer. Well written, destined to be a favorite of middle readers.”
— Pat Trotter, Bookends On Main, Menomonie, WI
Fovea Munson is nobody's Igor. True, her parents own a cadaver lab where they perform surgeries on dead bodies. And yes, that makes her gross by association, at least according to everyone in seventh grade. And sure, Fovea's stuck working at the lab now that her summer camp plans have fallen through. But she is by no means Dr. Frankenstein's snuffling assistant!
That is, until three disembodied heads, left to thaw in the wet lab, start talking. To her. Out loud.
What seems like a nightmare, or bizarre hallucination, is not. Fovea is somebody's Igor, all right. Three somebodies, actually. And they need a favor. With a madcap sense of humor and a lot of heart (not to mention other body parts), this is a story about finding oneself, finding one's friends, and embracing the moment.
About the Author
A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program, Mary Winn Heider lives in Chicago, where she is a member of the theater company Barrel of Monkeys. Through the company, she teaches creative writing to 3rd–5th graders. She also briefly worked in a cadaver lab. Yep, there were heads. You can visit her online at marywinnheider.com.
"Hilarious and disgusting in equal measure. In other words, exactly what you’ve been waiting for."—Adam Gidwitz, Newbery Honor–winning author of
“Equal parts screwball comedy, coming-of-age story, and tearjerker—I loved, loved, loved it!”—Varian Johnson, author of
"Heider’s tale is darkly comic and wholly original. Despite the gruesome premise, this is more comedy than horror."—SLJ
"Fovea is a normal girl existing in a suddenly off-kilter world, and her struggle to help her family and newfound friends is relatable and satisfying."—Publishers Weekly
"I absolutely adore this book! The Mortification of Fovea Munson is not only hilariously zany, and clever, it's also full of heart. Mary Winn Heider is a brilliant new voice in kid's books."—, Matt de la Peña
"In her hilarious debut, Heider has crafted a unique plot interweaving gory bits dripping in pun-filled humor and a realistic tween-age drama about losing friends and finding oneself. This one’s bound to have wide appeal."—Booklist
"While the book occasionally overdoes the absurdity, readers will still appreciate this offbeat exploration of life and death."—BCCB