The Mortification of Fovea Munson (Hardcover)
Summer 2018 Kids Indie Next List
“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
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
"Hilarious and disgusting in equal measure. In other words, exactly what you've been waiting for."—Adam Gidwitz, Newbery Honor?winning author of The Inquisitor's Tale
"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."—Newbery Award winner, Matt de la Pe?a
"Equal parts screwball comedy, coming-of-age story, and tearjerker-I loved, loved, loved it!"—Varian Johnson, author of The Great Greene Heist
"While the book occasionally overdoes the absurdity, readers will still appreciate this offbeat exploration of life and death."—BCCB
"Heider's tale is darkly comic and wholly original. Despite the gruesome premise, this is more comedy than horror."—SLJ
"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
"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