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The Mortification of Fovea Munson

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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!

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336 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jenn Bishop Absolutely! I read the first 1/3 aloud to my nephew this summer (he's going into fifth grade) and he loved it. Kept begging me to read the next…moreAbsolutely! I read the first 1/3 aloud to my nephew this summer (he's going into fifth grade) and he loved it. Kept begging me to read the next chapter. The vocabulary will include some unfamiliar words, but in a good way. (My nephew occasionally asked for some definitions.) His vocabulary was enriched by the story, and my afternoons were enriched by the reading. There's much to enjoy for all ages in this delightful story.(less)

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Pop Bop
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Weird, and Funny, and Weirdly Funny - A Middle Grade Screwball Comedy

It took me a little while to come around on this book, but once I did I was totally sold.

The setup is that Fovea's parents are doctors who run a cadaver lab and teach dissection skills and anatomy to other doctors. So, it's a lab full of random body parts. The parents are totally into their jobs and make random body part jokes and puns and whatnot. They want rising eighth grader Fovea to join the business for the summer as thei
Meredith Spidel
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crazy original plotline for early young adult readers! If you can wrap your head around the talking heads, you are in for a treat! Share this latest creative tale with your kiddos and get their imaginations flowing. Thanks for sending and ARC our way for review, Disney!
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

This was such a fun book! There have been a lot of really great middle grade books coming out this year and I would definitely add this one to the list. Foeva is a great protagonist and she definitely meets a lot of other colorful characters on her journey that made this book great. There are definitely some parts of this book where I had to work a bit harder than usual to suspend my disbelief, but at the end of the day it was funny enough to be
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-g, contemp
This might be the most adorable middle grade book that I've ever read?

Omigosh, this book is a triple threat: funny, heartwarming, and a tiny bit morbid? And it WORKS. Every part of combines together to create something so wonderfully great. This book is teetering on my favorites shelf and totally might be landsliding in, and I just need y'all to read it.

The premise of the story is a little bit kooky, a lot quirky, totally morbid, and really interesting. Fovea Munson is stuck with working at her
This book was SO CUTE! I loved the premise and the puns. The morals were really good, too. Highly recommend.
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It's hilarious. I stayed up far too late reading it, just because I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended, though perhaps not for the slightly squeamish of stomach.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: just-finished
LOVED this. Hilariously goofy. The kind of nutty ingenuity and writing skill that leaves me happily jealous. A marvelous middle grade with a strong voice (well, five, you might say), mixing entirely recognizable issues of friendship, fitting in, and dealing with parents into a sort of jumbled-body-parts-jambalaya of ludicrous insanity. Wacky characters you'll never forget. So much fun, and so punnable: I laughed my head off. It melted my heart. Etc. Buy it for yourself, for the middle graders yo ...more
Lydia Wednesday
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: weird kids or just kid kids
It lived up to the hype. All of the reviews that say it is hilarious and heartwarming are correct.

Absurdist humor with a heart of gold and some severed heads. A+.

I would recommend for that one weird kid in your life. Or any kid really.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
A BIG Thank You to NetGalley for providing me an advanced copy of “The Mortification of Fovea Munson” by Mary Winn Heider in exchange for my honest review.

This book was HI-LA-RI-OUS!! I LOVED reading it! There are very few books out there which make me laugh out loud throughout, and this was one of them.

I honestly cannot find anything to complain about this book. The story is unique and unlike anything I have read before. Even though the plot contains some pretty morbid matter like cadavers, ap
Laura Sibson
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mary Winn Heider's debut novel is funny, absurd and full of heart, but those words don't do this book justice at all. This story is original and surprising. Heider takes a familiar set-up of the kid who is embarrassed by her parents and pushes that concept to its edges. There's nothing at all wrong with Fovea -- except that her parents own a cadaver lab. So she is contaminated by association. Heider's unique sense of humor and worldview mark each page, filling me with delight and forcing me to l ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

4.5 stars

Get ready for some tremendously funny and seriously off the wall adventures with Mary Winn Heider's debut middle grade novel, The Mortification of Fovea Munson.

Told in the first-person narrative of seventh-grader Fovea Hippocrates Munson, Mary Winn Heider's novel follows Fovea as she embarks on one the of the oddest, funniest (and possibly yuckiest) summers even known. Fovea's parents are both doctors, but doctors that prefer to work with and on human cadavers- her parents even have the
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid 3.5. Fovea is funny, the situation is bizarre but the flow of the story is such that you flow with it just like she does, and her friends/family are great dimensions to the story. Fovea doesn't want to be known as the "Igor" to her family's morgue business. Alas; with her parent's assistant suddenly gone, she's been "drafted" to be their new receptionist for the summer. When Fovea hears singing one day while her parents are out; singing coming from a few body-less heads; things take a tu ...more
If you’re ready for some silliness, this children’s book is for you. If you can handle talking heads and I am not talking about the band, this kids book is for you. If you like a feisty, entertaining grandma, who loves to have a good time, start reading this book, as grandma will show you how she’s leading her life and she will not let you down.

You start to feel sorry for Fovea as her parents work on cadavers and she’s embarrassed at what they do. Her best friend has ditched her and when summer
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
A unique and fun middle grade book, best for grades 4-7. I thought the writing was great - funny (actually lol/did I just chuckle? funny) and smart. It felt very authentic to the age group.
I loved the atmosphere of the cadaver lab and how the MC deals with her anxiety and being bullied. The book just wasn’t very exciting to me - it had a slower start and the action didn’t begin until around page 100. I think that at over 320 pages some could have been cut out. The adventure just dragged, but the
Logan Brown
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it

I was REALLY excited about this book, but then got really worried because it took a while for it to click with me. Once the story picks up, it gets really entertaining. Between the heads and Fovea's grandma, there's plenty of comedy! The story has some very touching moments toward the end.
Tiffani Berthold
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always review middle grade books according to my 11 year old self, who would have adored this book. It's silly but adventurous. I'll do a more in-depth review on my website!
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Such a fun read! The original plot and relatable characters were a breath of fresh air.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book might sound morbid...a cadaver lab, and talking severed heads...but it is actually very laugh-out-loud funny. I liked the realistic characters and relationships, and that things don't work out happily-ever-after. And even though the comic element is high, there are some good thoughtful moments as well. Very fun.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This one started out strong, and Fovea's voice is clear and hilarious. However, as it progressed it became very obvious that the author sacrificed plot for quirk. The concept is really intriguing, but there are tons of extraneous elements (Whitney, for example) and a completely underdeveloped mystery. This was a cool premise with no substance behind the execution.
Feb 16, 2018 added it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Hilarious, fun, and incredibly original. This book is an absolute delight from start to finish! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes funny, clever, inventive middle grade. I laughed SO hard and was also moved by Fovea’a worries, relationships, and growth.
Kristen Beverly
Review to come.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is GREAT. Funny and sweet and well-written and... genuine. I will read anything Mary Winn Heider writes from this point on. Highly recommend to anyone with good taste in books. :)
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0 of 5

I'll admit that I requested this book primarily because of the title since I share a surname with the titular character. Aside from that, I enjoy middle grade and young adult fiction, and the fantasy twist here is pretty unique and interesting.

Most of us were embarrassed by our parents at some point in our past - usually at about the age of Fovea in the book. But Fovea Munson maybe has a legitimate reason to be embarrasse
Joji Grey
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We've all been Fovea at some point in our lives- whether it's been embarrassing parents, the inability to just fit in with the crowd we so desperately want to be a part of, or even feeling suffocated under the weight of expectation. We've all been there. At her age, I was definitely there. But she meets each new struggle with a wonderfully charming sense of humor and resilience that only children can tap into.

So let's talk about the heart of the story (totally not an intentional pun, I swear) H
Fovea’s life is that of many a typical seventh grader—embarrassed by her parents, mocked by her peers and without a single friend. Naturally, she gains weird associates. I wouldn’t call the heads friends since they’re essentially coercing her into helping them. And what they want is oddball and screwy. So her adventure is just what you would expect. She gets costumed as a kidney, abducts her former best friend and tricks a nerdy, nervous boy tenor in her school into helping her and he arrives dr ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Fovea Munson's parents are no ordinary doctors. They perform surgeries on dead people. They also own a cadaver lab. Because of this, Fovea is gross by association and is called "Igor" by her classmates. When her summer camp is closed, Fovea is forced to work at her parent's lab. The cadaver lab is nothing short of being boring until Fovea ventures into the wet lab. She discovers three disembodied heads that start talking to her. They are willing to help her in exchange for a favor. Is Fovea hall ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This middle-grade novel is probably one of the best I've read in a long, long while. It's funny, weird and original — making it very easy to rip through quickly and happily. The characters are appealing, the plot is like nothing I've ever read before, and I will happily suggest the library I work at order it asap so that I can recommend it to any and all children that ask for suggestions. Truly, a heartwarming and hilarious tale.

Fovea's parents are doctors and they are expecting her to eventuall
This was beyond ridiculous, and I loved it. Fovea suffers from the side-effects of her parents' occupation: owners of a cadaver lab. In true middle-school fashion, she is eviscerated by friends and enemies alike because of her family's oddity, and finds herself facing a summer as her parents' receptionist. Things quickly go awry in the best possible way.

Fovea must put everything on the line for three guys she just met. Will she come out ahead? There's the possibility of rekindling lost friendsh
Jessica F
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lol, middle-grade
"Everybody's always talking about the bowling ball, but what about the pin, you know? The thing about a pin is, it always gets back up."

A silly, funny exploration about being yourself and making every moment count! Fovea Munson's not having a good summer. You could say she's not having a good life - not since her former best friend Em spilled the beans about her parents' cadaver lab and made her the school freak. Her summer takes a strange twist when she meets three defrosting talking heads and
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