Wendy Mass

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Wendy Mass
Born (1967-04-22) April 22, 1967 (age 53)
Livingston, New Jersey
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
Alma materTufts University
GenreChildren's literature, Young adult fiction
Notable works
Notable awardsSchneider Family Book Award
(2004) A Mango-Shaped Space

Wendy Mass (born April 22, 1967) is an author of young adult novels and children's books.

Her 2003 novel, A Mango-Shaped Space won the American Library Association (ALA) Schneider Family Book Award for Middle School in 2004.[1] Her other notable works include: 11 Birthdays, A Mango-Shaped Space and Every Soul a Star.

Mass's novel Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life was adapted into a feature film in 2011.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Livingston, New Jersey, Mass's favorite subjects in school were reading and science. Wendy worked at town libraries and bookstores. 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, starred a cat that somehow turned into a goat and destroyed her neighborhood.

In high school, Mass worked at a local bookstore and continued to hone her writing skills. She took writing classes and decided on writing for her career.


As an English major at Tufts University, Mass continued to develop her writing skills. Mass mainly wrote short stories throughout college, and after graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she tried her hand at a multitude of writing businesses, including assisting a literary agent, and at a television casting company, editor of a magazine, and a script reader for a film producer. Mass 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. She has a master's degree in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach and a Doctor of Letters degree from Drew University.[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

Mass has published 29 novels for children and teens. She won the American Library Association (ALA) Schneider Family Book Award for her children's book A Mango-Shaped Space in 2004.[1] She won the American Library Association Award (best books for the teenage selection), New York Public, and New York Public Library Best Books for the teenage designation, Great Lakes Book Award and Michigan State award, and has since won 11 state book awards.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Mass and her family currently resides in New Jersey with their dog and two cats. Her family includes her husband and twins.[4]



  • Stonehenge (1998)
  • Teen Drug Abuse (1997)
  • Women's Rights (1998)
  • Readings on Night (2000)
  • Great Authors of Children's Literature (2001)
  • Discovering Mythology - Gods and Goddesses (2002)
  • Ray Bradbury: Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2004)
  • John Cabot: Early Explorer (2004)
  • Celebrate Halloween (2009)


  • Getting a Clue (1996)
  • The Bad Hair Day (1996 children's picture book)
  • Noah and the Ark (1997)
  • A Mango-Shaped Space (2003)
  • Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair (2005)
  • Sleeping Beauty: The One Who Took The Really Long Nap (2006)
  • Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (2006)
  • Leap Day (2006)
  • Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall (2007)
  • Every Soul a Star (2008)
  • 11 Birthdays (2009)
  • Finally (2010)
  • The Candymakers (2010)
  • 13 Gifts (2011)
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn't Run Away (2012)
  • Pi in The Sky (2013)
  • The Last Present (2013)
  • Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight (2014)
  • Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue (2014)
  • Graceful (2015)
  • Space Taxi: Archie's Alien Disguise (2015)
  • Space Taxi: The Galactic B.U.R.P. (2015)
  • The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase (2016)
  • The Seventh Element (2016)
  • Bob (2018)

TV scripts[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Schneider Family Book Award Recipients". Archived from the original on October 26, 2008.
  2. ^ "Reviews | Film Threat - Part 47040".
  3. ^ "Wendy Mass Facts". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Home - Wendy Mass". Wendy Mass. Retrieved 2018-10-05.

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