A Mango-shaped Space

A Mango-shaped Space

Book - 2003
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Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316523882
Branch Call Number: JF Mass
Characteristics: 220 p


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This book is really touching!🙂

Aug 08, 2018

This book tackles a topic not generally known, and I learned a lot about different people who should have a louder voice in our society. Protagonist Mia sketches her life with colors and shapes, a truly unique and eye opener.

Jul 10, 2018

Being a reader who usually doesn’t overly question the science and facts behind the plot of a fiction book, I felt the need to during this read as I began to feel a mixed sense of puzzlement and interest when Mia was diagnosed with synesthesia. At first, I thought it was a bit basic to base off a book on a rare condition, especially one of which that doesn’t awfully seem like a daily hassle but rather a gift. However, Wendy Mass went beyond that concept and portrayed a powerful message about having a healthy self-image and finding the positive in a negative, which I applaud her for as her readers are often young. Bringing such lessons into the open for young readers is incredible as it makes them aware of the personal struggles they may face in the future. Although Mia’s condition wasn’t directly about her image, she had trouble accepting the fact that it wasn’t normal to match colours with numbers or shapes. Halfway through the novel, she began to embrace her condition and understood that synesthesia was always going to be her idea of “normal”. All in all, Wendy Mass shone a light on an incredibly moving fiction story which promotes a positive attitude towards imperfections and limitations. Rating: 3.5/5
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 09, 2018

This book is one of my all time favorites at first when i read the book it had nothing to do about a mango shaped space the when you read a little more you will understand i I loved it how Wendy mass made this story not just about Mia but also about a boy named Billy and about their adventure with Synesthesia

May 11, 2018

This book was not very interesting. The main conflict in this book did not grab my attention. It was very anti-climatic and dramatic.

Oct 21, 2017

A really good book! I think i might have synthensia too. :)

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

The main character of this novel is unique because of her synesthesia, a condition that causes her to experience senses differently. I would recommend this to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.

i found this truly amazing because unlike other books where there is usually a normal character experiencing normal issues this book takes life to a whole new level. This book informs me on a new early life style. It was very interesting. when I first saw this O was like 'no way that could be good' You know what? I love it. It's so good!

- Alix, age 12

Jan 30, 2017

Really a sweet read. Loveable characters, soulful quirks and some very heartfelt bits. Oh, that tornado of feelings being a 13 year old girl! I remember it well!

katbee Jan 06, 2017

It was fascinating to learn about synesthesia while reading this book! I enjoyed the characters and the story immensely. It would be a good book for children who are struggling with grief.

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Feb 20, 2014

Mia has this memory when she was younger about her embarrassing part. She told her teachers the numbers have types of colours. Now she is in Grade 8. Then at home, she told her parents which they took her to the doctor's. The doctor checked her and said to go to a specialist. It was true, Mia did see colours. At school, once the other students heard about their situation, they asked her what each of their names were. Later on, she met Jerry; a man that helps special ability people (really cool). She talks to a pen pal who has the ability too. Later on, her precious cat Mango dies which is very upsetting. Jenna (her best friend) buys her a new friendship bracelet.
Mia found out where Mango came from; she was a father to kittens. (I think.)


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Feb 20, 2014

Always be yourself and never put yourself down, no matter what others say about you.


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