The Mortification of Fovea Munson

Book Design by Maria Elias
Illustrations by Chi Birmingham


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.

Praise for The Mortification of Fovea Munson

Junior Library Guild Selection

Indie Next

Indies Introduce

Illinois Reads 2019

Bank Street Best Books 2019

“Sure to tickle the most fickle funny bone.” — Kirkus

“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

The Mortification of Fovea Muson is now a musical!
Catch the opening at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in March 2023!