Wendy Mass

By Judy Ro

Welcome Newcomers, to the Official Wendy Mass Webiste!

Who is She?

Wendy Mass is an author who has wrote many different books targeting young adults. She is the author of the award winning series, The Willow Falls Series (11 Birthdays, 12 Finally, 13 Gifts, and the Last Present).

Awards?

Schneider Family Book Award, American Library Association, and Best Books for the Teen Age selection, New York Public Library, both 2004, and New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age designation, and Great Lakes Great Book Award, Michigan State Reading Council, both 2005.

Born?

I was born in Livingston, NJ. I live about forty minutes away from there now, in a more rural part of the state. We have a bear living in our backyard!

Book Recommendations?

We’re all drawn to different books for different reasons, and with so many wonderful books to choose from, you’ll never run out. Some of my recent favorites (besides those listed in my Author Pals section) are:

Sonya Sones’ One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies

Lauren Tarshis’ Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out Of A Tree

Jeanne DuPrau’s The City Of Ember

Jerry Spinelli’s Milkweed (everything by him is awesome!)

Richard Peck’s The River Between Us

Cornelia Funke’s Dragonrider is my fave.

Cynthia Rylant’s Missing May

I’ve got to say, how much do I love Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series? Beyond all reason. Try listening to it on audiobook because the narrator, Nathaniel Parker, does such an amazing job. I’ve just started Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, not sure why I waited so long!

For the younger reader, I thought Clementine by Sara Pennypacker was hysterical. Also Shugby Jenny Han is a pitch-perfect story of that summer before middle school when everything changes. (I have a pic of us somewhere, gotta find that!)

My latest obsession is with the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Brilliant science fiction!

College?

I studies English in Tufts University. Throughout college, I wrote many short stories and developed my writing career.

Favorite Movies?

My top five haven’t changed in years. They are:

1. Princess Bride

2. Galaxy Quest

3. Clueless

4. Field of Dreams

5. Ferris Beuller’s Day Off

6. The Breakfast Club

(okay, so that’s six!)

Hobbies Other than Writing?

Hang out with my family, read anything and everything, watch too much TV. I have a friend who doesn’t have any televisions in her house and I am in awe of her. I once tried not watching any reruns, figuring life is too short for reruns. But darn it, those Friends and Seinfeld episodes are impossible to turn off. Right now I’m really into The Office. I’ve also been learning about astronomy lately, which I got really interested in while writing Every Soul a Star. I can find the North Star now! And you know, if you can find the North Star, you’ll never get lost. :o)

Family?

I currently resides in Sparta, New Jersey with her family and their two cats. My family includes my husband and two sons.

Her Books?

A Mango Shaped Space

One of my favorite books by Wendy Mass. It is a unique book about Synesthesia.