A tuba player without a tuba and his jellyfish-imitating sister cope with their father's disappearance in this hilarious and moving novel by the author of The Mortification of Fovea Munson.
When Lenny Volpe, former quarterback of the worst professional football team in the nation, leaves his family and disappears, the Chicago Horribles win their first game in a long time. Fans are thrilled. The world seems to go back to normal. Except for the Volpe kids.
Winston throws himself into playing the tuba, and Louise starts secret experiments to find a cure for brain injuries, and they're each fine, just fine, coping in their own way. That is, until the investigation of some eccentric teacher behavior and the discovery of a real live bear paraded as the Horribles' new mascot make it clear that things are very much Not Fine. The siblings may just need each other, after all.Author:
Mary Winn HeiderPublisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersPublished:
7.70h x 5.30w x 1.10dISBN:
Ages 9-12Review Citation(s): School Library Journal
01/01/2021 pg. 66Kirkus Reviews
01/01/2021Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks
03/01/2021 pg. 57Horn Book Magazine
03/01/2021 pg. 89
About the Author
A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program, Mary Winn Heider is the author of The Mortification of Fovea Munson. She lives in Chicago, where she acts in plays, rides her bike, and works for The Mystery League. You can visit her online at marywinnheider.com.