I got this novel‘s ARC from edelweiss and now that it’s all downloaded onto my e-reader, I’m going to do a little e-reading.
Fovea Munson is a seventh grader. Her parents are surgeons that work in a cadaver lab training future surgeons. You know, when your patients are already dead, the hours are better. Fovea can deal with that, but she looks forward to her summer vacation every year where she goes to camp. And, when summer camp is cancelled and her parents receptionist quits suddenly, she finds herself working at the lab, which is so gross. And, if you think that is as bad as it gets, you’re wrong. Three disembodied heads in the lab talk to her. And, they need her to do them a favor.
From here the story builds into something that is funny and touching. Fovea needs to enlist help from outside, reaching out to a person she knows but isn’t really friends with at school. She sets up an adventure. It is great! The cast of characters are delightful and Fovea herself is amazing. I really, really enjoyed going on this adventure with her.
This is a middle grade book, for readers 8-12. If you know a kid that age that’s into science and weird stuff, get them this book. If you know some adults who are into science and weird stuff (and don’t mind reading kids books. I know, what, so weird), recommend it for them, too! I certainly enjoyed it!
I’m super excited to get started on The Mortification of Fovea Munson that I got as an ARC. It comes out on Tuesday!
Full disclosure: Mary Winn Heider is the sister of a good friend of mine, so if I really like this book, my review is going to be full of muppet flails of excitement and if I don’t like it, it’s going to be a review full of sad trombones.
Keeping with the “retellings of fairy tales” theme. I have moved on from Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin. Specifically, the retelling of Disney’s Aladdin. Let’s see how this goes.
P.S. This is an Advance Reader Copy provided by Disney Press. The cover will obviously change.