The Mortification of Fovea Monson

Written by Mary Winn Heider & Illustrated by Chi Birmingham

Fovea Monson has had ENOUGH. Enough of the kids at school calling her “Igor” because her used-to-be-surgeon-parents left their hospital jobs to start their own research laboratory. Sure, they still do surgery…on cadavers! Try telling a class of middle schoolers that your parents operate on dead people. It doesn’t go well. Especially when you’ve a.) lost your best friend (for NO reason), b.) lost your spot at your favorite summer camp, and c.) have to spend the whole summer working in your parents’ lab.

As if she didn’t have enough problems, when Fovea ventures into the “back room” of the lab, she finds 3 TALKING HEADS! Not just any talking heads, but three bickering musicians who will absolutely not leave Fovea alone until she’s helped them complete their mission. Whatever that means…

If you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Night Gardener, or ANY other funny story

Content Warnings/Discussions to have with kiddos: There are a few descriptions of bullying via name-calling and exclusion. This is a great way to ask your kiddos if they’ve experienced or seen bullying like this in their schools and brainstorm what they could do to make the victim feel valued and welcome at school.