We have a title!

We have a winning title…Finally!! (no Finally’s not the title, that was a different book! Ok, a bad pun. Haven’t gotten much sleep lately!)

So in a previous blog entry titled: From A to Z, so many of you offered up amazing titles for the book about the boy who has to rebuild the universe (see the end of From A to Z to read the excerpt). After much deliberation between me and all the folks at Little, Brown publishers, the winner is…well, let me back up a little. So a few weeks ago I picked my leading contender–Pie in the Sky. Although my one hesitation was that there seems to be a lot of books with Pie in the title lately. Still, I liked it since the story really DOES have to do with pies in the sky and I like the fact that the quote means something that feels unattainable, or impossible. So I was telling my father-in-law the possible title and he asked, “Pie as in apple, or pi as in math, like 3.14?” I was about to tell him it was as in apple, when suddenly it hit me how well the other option worked. So I now present to you the title everyone agreed upon…PI IN THE SKY!!! Of course now i’ll have to figure out what Pi has to do with universe-building, but that’s for me to worry about. :o)

Since we couldn’t have come up with it without two of you who suggested Pie in the Sky, I’m happy to announce that Ingrid H and Jessica W will have their names in the book. I’ll contact both of you, too. Honorable Mention goes to Liz, for “Not-so-easy as pie.” (we’ll just pretend Lizzy from Jeremy Fink was for you!) Thank you to everyone who participated!!!! I thought there was another one with “sky” in the title, but I can’t find it. So if you offered one up, just let me know.

Now I’m off to eat a big slice of apple…pi?


  1. Liz on June 6, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Wow, that’s awesome! It’s a fabulous title for the book. I can’t wait till it comes out! πŸ˜€ Congrats to Ingrid and Jessica. :] I can’t believe I got an honorable mention. Haha, I was surprised to see that. Thanks so much! : )))) Anyways, have fun eating pie, writing the book, and everything else you do.

    • Kyra Bowlby on July 22, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      I think that all of your titles (and your books), ARE AMAZING!, Wendy Mass!, your an awesome writer!


  2. THE SAMY!!! on June 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    thts awesum name!!!! luv it!!!!
    congrats to ingrid and jess!

    • Kyra Bowlby on July 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      I know!, It’s super interesting!, LOL! congrats to you, Wendy!, you rock!!!

  3. THE SAMY!!! on June 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    i liked the joke……hahhhaha….:)

  4. AbaGayle on June 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

    What book is this for?
    Love the jokes(:
    Congrats on finding a title,ill have to go back and read the excerpt,will you have one for 13 gifts?
    When is 13 gifts coming out?

  5. Gracie on June 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    That’s so awesome! It’s a great title, and much better than the one I suggested. Thanks for letting us know, Wendy!

  6. Maddy on June 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Tht is pretty awesome! Can’t wait 2 read the book!!

  7. #1fan on June 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    when will this book come out??!! i am your #1 fan I have The Candy Makers, Jeremey Fink and the Meaning of Life, every soul a star, Heavan looks a lot like the mall, a mango shaped space, leap day, and finally. As soon as i got one of your books i put down the one i was reading and went right to that one!!!!!!!!!!! u r awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Emma on June 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    hi wendy
    congratulations to Ingrid and Jessica, I don’t have time to write you a letter to ask this,because i need this for a school assignment ( that’s due on tuesday) but if you cant reply that’s okay i can just make it up, what are the words to that poem that you showed us at the DCF thing, the one you wrote to your dad or something that had to do with turning blue and dieing?
    oh and whats your favorite kind of pie?

  9. Lydia on June 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Lovin’ the title! Great job peeps!
    Enjoy the pie, Wendy!

  10. Ingrid H. on June 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    AAAHHHH!!! Yay! Thanks so much Wendy! And I like the idea of using the math term. I’m sure they use math a lot when they’re building and maintaining the universe πŸ™‚
    I look forward to hearing from you! I’ll be checking my email, like, every day πŸ™‚

  11. Olivia on June 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Love the name!!! Congrats Ingrid and Jessica! (Liz too!)

  12. zahra on June 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    soooo… is there a release date? couldnt find anything online and i would really love to know when this new book is coming out, when you have it.

  13. Patrick Higgins on June 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Wendy,

    Earlier this year you visited one of our schools, Henry B. Whitehorn Middle School, to talk about your writing. To continue the momentum, we’ve begun a summer reading blog called HBWReads, and selected a “buzz book” for each grade level. Your book, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, is our 6th grade Buzz Book. Our students and teachers are writing about it all summer. We’d love it if you could either leave a comment on the posts, or possibly guest post for us at some point. Here is the address: http://hbwreads.blogspot.com and here is some background information about the project: http://chalkdust101.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/making-reading-viral/.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    • Wendy Mass on August 2, 2022 at 2:27 pm

      Hi, I just saw this comment, and if you see this reply, I really hope we connected another way lo those many years ago! I thank you so much for your continued support of reading, your school is very special!! -Wendy

  14. Katie on July 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Hi I have read 11 birthdays.What an amazing book I loved it. I was thinking it would be an AMAZING!!!!! movie do you know any one who produces movie? If you do you should ask them if they could make that book a movie it would be awesome. Thanks for reading this, Katie

  15. Your #1 Fan, Mary on July 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Mrs. Mass,

    I just HAVE to say, that you are my role model!!! I have read some of your books (FINALLY, EVERY SOUL A STAR, A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE, and I recently finished JEREMY FINK AND THE MEANING OF LIFE) and I loved every single one!!! When I get a job, I plan to be a teacher and a writer, because of you. Thank you for inspiring kids like me. You are the best author ever!


  16. Your #1 Fan, Mary on July 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Congrats to Ingrid, Jessica, and Liz!!! πŸ˜‰

  17. Kyra Bowlby on July 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I have a question for you commenters: What’s your favorite book from Wendy Mass’s collection? (and Wendy, don’t bother to go on my website, It’s not on the internet anymore!), anyway,Wendy, I think your husbands dads idea for the title is SUPER INTERESTING!,
    YOU ROCK WENDY (best author in the world!),

    • Lydia on August 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Every Soul A Star all the way! πŸ™‚

      • THE SAMY!!! on August 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

        every soul a star!

  18. Kyra Bowlby on July 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Lol!, I laughed so hard!, I love the joke…. SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!


  19. Ashley E on July 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Hi Wendy! Ur the best!! Loved the joke…lol πŸ™‚ I’ve read every single book and I think they’re all AMAZING!!! Your the best author ever! I can’t wait to read your 2 new books! Thank you for being an inspiration for kids and teens like me! And congrats to the winners!!!

  20. Lena on July 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    The title rocks! So do you Wendy! From know on, I’ll check your blog every month because I was very worried why you weren’t coming out with a new book. Now I can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  21. Selena Fan on August 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Wendy Mass is one of my favorite authors!

  22. Kyra Bowlby on August 18, 2011 at 3:14 am

    The moment that u have been waiting for: My Review for: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of life!
    I just finished the book tonight. I will cherish it as long as I live. I love ur books so much!, your a great person, Wendy. U inspire others. Thats a great quality, u should be proud. Anyway, The book was Beautifull!, I cried on the last few pages though. I thought the book was great and all, but i was moved by the book. I learned ALOT about the Meaning Of Life.Thankyou!, I reccomend this book. U guys will love it!
    Keep on writing those books!,

  23. THE SAMY!!! on August 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    omigod wendy u didnt tell me you acutally finished 13 gifts and its out in stores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    you never kept us updated how dare you!!!!!!!!!
    wendy dont you know we like to know these things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ok…….i still luv u…..

  24. Jeremy Street on August 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Not really sure where this comment should go but I just wanted to say that I just finished “The Meaning of Life” and enjoyed it very much. I saw it at out local library and since it was about my main interest and the main character has my name I opened it up and then the quite about a purpose shining in one’s eyes hooked me.


  25. Lauren on October 24, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I would love to have a chance to do some Illustrations for your new book. Is that even a possibility? I’m twelve years old and love art!
    Thank you,

    • Wendy Mass on June 14, 2018 at 7:52 pm

      The publisher is who decides on the artwork for my books but it is great that you love art. Stay with it and one day we may see your work on the covers of many books! xo

  26. nun ya bizz on December 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    i love the new tidle i think its great kant wait til it coms out πŸ™‚

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