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Mary Winn Heider

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

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

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: 995805970

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: 1139765192

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