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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Winn Heider  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;


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Illinois Connection

Heider lives in Chicago, where she is a member of the theater company Barrel of Monkeys. Through the company, she teaches creative writing to 3rd - 5th graders.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Winn Heider is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program.


The Mortification of Fovea Munson

Middle Grade Debut Pick, Indies Introduce Winter/Spring, 2018

Kids' Indie Next List Pick, Summer 2018

Junior Library Guild Selection

Illinois READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

The Losers at the Center of the Galaxy

Starred Review, School Library Journal

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The losers at the center of the galaxy /
ISBN: 0759555427. OCLC Number: 1164504310

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Two years after their father disappeared, Winston and Louise wrestle with their grief while investigating mysterious teachers, innovative science, and a captive bear.

The mortification of Fovea Munson /
ISBN: 148478054X. OCLC Number: 995805970

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Forced to help in her parents' cadaver lab for the summer, Fovea Munson, twelve, discovers three talking heads in need of a favor.

The unicorns who saved Christmas /
ISBN: 0762495693. OCLC Number: 1139765192

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With all his reindeer sick with chicken pox on Christmas Eve, Santa asks the North Pole Unicorn Troop to help him save Christmas.