Disney Book Group sent me a copy to check out and is partnering with me for a giveaway!
Over the years we’ve struggled to find books that the boys enjoy reading, and it’s not for a lack of amazing choices! Like many young boys, they are convinced that they don’t like to read. As a mom, I know what they really don’t like is sitting still and quiet for an extended period of time. Coupled with their video game addiction, I was beginning to give up hope.
Last summer I was on a mission to find books I could convince my sons to give a chance. For them, that meant a book that didn’t look like it would take an entire year to read. It also meant I needed to find books with small, consumable chapters that allowed them to feel they were making progress in a smaller period of time. Lo and behold, these little tricks worked for us! While they didn’t turn them into avid readers overnight, it did help motivate them to pick up a book every now and then. You know, like when they were grounded from their cell phones or video games.
I was delighted when I came across this new book by Mary Winn Heider, The Mortification of Fovea Munson. It fit the bill exactly for my hesitant readers. It’s light-hearted, funny, relatable, and has a spooky (although, not scary) twist. I enjoyed reading Fovea’s coming-of-age story, as she transformed from an awkward middle-schooler struggling to fit in, to a blossoming young lady through a series of strange, yet hilarious, events that kept me and my 13 year old engaged and entertained.
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.
The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Hinn Heider is in stores now, and a perfect read for Halloween! It’s recommended for children ages 8 -12 and was published by Disney-Hyperion.
I know you will enjoy reading the book as much as we have!