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|Born||April 22, 1967|
|Alma mater||Tufts University|
|Genres||Children's literature, Young-adult fiction|
|Notable work(s)||Every Soul a Star|
|Notable award(s)||Schneider Family Book Award
2004 A Mango-Shaped Space
Her most successful book was A Mango-Shaped Space which won the American Library Association (ALA) Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School in 2004. Her book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life won a Peoples' Choice Award.
Tamar Halpern adapted Wendy Mass's book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and also directed.
Born in Livingston, New Jersey, Mass's favorite subjects in school were reading and writing. Wendy worked at town libraries and ghostwrote her friends' college applications. As a child she would compete with friends to see who could read the most books; this helped develop her writing skills. Her first career vision was to be an astronaut. Mass's first story, co-written by her two siblings when she was in junior high, starred a cat that somehow turned into a goat and terrorized the nearby dogs because they always would terrorize the cat.
As an English major at Appalachian State University, Mass continued to develop her writing skills. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she tried her hand at a multitude of writing businesses, including working as a literary agent, at a television casting company, editor of a magazine, and a script reader for a film producer. Mass however found none of these jobs suitable and realized she wanted to inspire pre-teens, teens, and adults by writing books for children, teens, and adults. She moved back to her New Jersey hometown and while writing, worked as a book editor, operating out of New York City and Connecticut. After six months, Mass submitted her first book for publication but no publisher accepted it. Soon, Mass settled on writing educational books for teens, hoping that would lead to writing children's fiction.
Honors and awards
Over the next six years, Mass wrote seventeen successful educational books for teens. Mass won the American Library Association (ALA) Schneider Family Book Award for her children's book A Mango-Shaped Space in 2004. She won the American Library Association Award (best books for the teen age selection), New York Public, and New York Public Library Best Books for the teenage designation, Peoples' Choice Award, Great Lakes Book Award and Michigan State award.
- Stonehenge, (1998)
- Teen Drug Abuse, (1998)
- Women's Rights, (1998)
- Readings on Night, (2000)
- Great Authors of Children's' Literature, (2001)
- Gods and Goddesses, (2002)
- John Cabot: Early Explorer, (2004)
- Ray Bradbury: Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy, (2004)
- Halloween, (2004)
- Getting a Clue, (1996)
- The Bad Hair flu, (1996 children's picture book)
- A Mango-Shaped Space, (2003)
- Leap Day, (2004)
- Rapunzel:The One with All the Hair, (2005)
- Wanted, (2003)
- Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, (2006)
- Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall, (2007)
- Every Soul a Star, (2004)
- 11 Birthdays, (2009)
- Finally (2010)
- The Candymakers (2010)
- 13 Gifts (2011)
- Beauty and the Beast:The Only One Who Didn't Run Away (2012)
- Sleeping Beauty:The One Who Took The Really Long Nap (2012)
- Pi in The Sky (2013)
- The Last Present (2013)
- "Schneider Family Book Award Recipients". Archived from the original on October 26, 2008.
- Falkenstein, Michelle. "Jersey Footlights", The New York Times, July 4, 2004. Accessed June 28, 2011. "Wendy Mass, a writer who lives in Sparta, said she was in a library a few years ago when a book literally fell off the shelves and landed at her feet she is also awesome ."