Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall

Heaven Looks a Lot Like the MallHeaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall

By Wendy Mass

Genre: Poetry, Teen Ficiton

Curriculum Subjects: Teen Life: Family; Teen Life: Personal Development

Grades: 6 & up



Educator Guide

When 16-year-old Tessa suffers a shocking accident in gym class, she finds herself in heaven (or what she thinks is heaven), which happens to bear a striking resemblance to her hometown mall. In the tradition of It’s a Wonderful Life andThe Christmas Carol, Tessa starts reliving her life up until that moment. She sees some things she’d rather forget, learns some things about herself she’d rather not know, and ultimately must find the answer to one burning question–if only she knew what the question was.


Written in sharp, witty verse, Wendy Mass crafts an extroardinary tale of a spunky heroine who hasn’t always made the right choices, but needs to discover what makes life worth living.



“Funny and weird and poignant.” –KLIATT


“Funny, thought-provoking, and at times heartbreaking, this story will entertain and inspire readers.” –School Library Journal


“An entertaining and thought-provoking story that teens will enjoy.” –VOYA