A VOYA Top-Shelf selection, Wendy Mass' poignant yet funny coming-of-age novel also received the ALA's Schneider Family Book Award.
©2003 Wendy Mass; (P)2007 Recorded Books
"Mia's voice is believable and her description of the vivid world she experiences, filled with slashes, blurs, and streaks of color, is fascinating....[Her] unique way of experiencing the world is intriguing." (School Library Journal)
This is a very cute book. I teach high school, and some of my kids turned this into a short play. They really enjoyed reading it. For me, the story dragged a bit in the middle. I thought it was Mia was a bit whiny and self-centered at parts (think Harry Potter in books 4/5), but then I remembered she was an 8th grade girl (no offense meant here). Overall, strong start and a super cute end with a LOT of interesting stuff in between. Wendy Mass really sparked my interest. Since this book, I went on to learn more stuff about synesthesia, and it has led me to her other books which seem pretty awesome as well.
I'm a voracious audiobook listener, rarely found without my iPod.
This book is a treasure. Mia has the ability, or curse, of seeing written and spoken words in color, called synesthesia. The storyline is so interesting and there are very few books on this topic, let alone great Juvenile coming of age stories. She learned early to hide how she perceived words, letters and numbers differently, when fellow students looked at her like she was "weird." She didn't feel she could even tell her parents, so she kept her condition secret and taught herself to compensate for her different way of thinking. This is the part that I found so amazing and wonderful about this character.
As she and the people closest to her learn about her long-kept secret, she learns to deal with being different and explore the possibilities open to her because of her condition. It's a great story from an author who really can relate to younger readers.
This book is good for middle school aged readers.
Books, and words, and information are my treasures.
Yes, I would listen to it with my teenage daughters.
The first scene where Mia has acupuncture.
No, not necessarily.
I enjoyed learning about an unusual neurological phenomenon and how the character in the book deals with the experience of finding out she is different.
I enjoyed the characters strength in facing the fact that she had an unusual way of loooking at life and her curiosity about finding how far she could take her gift.
Looking at life through rainbows.
This is a wonderful book for young and old readers who might be dealing with a newly diagnosed disease or disability.
yes. It was so amazing to learn about the condition of the main character. I loved how honest and pure she was.
How Mango got his name.
I cried and cried near the end. I couldn't imagine trying to read the book amongst all my tears. But it was an awesome cry. The emotion is amazing.
This is a MUST listen to. I'm going to listen to it again and I NEVER do that.
"Fascinating introduction to synesthesia"
Having no clue what to expect when I purchased this book, I was absolutely fascinated by it. I never knew that synesthesia existed in so many different forms, and that it could be so vivid for some. I have a very mild form of synesthesia myself, but A Mango-Shaped Space brought it home to me rather forcefully just how mild it is. Nothing like Mia anyway, that's for sure.
While in some ways a typical YA fiction with the friendship, family and relationship issues that entail, by far most of the book is used to describe Mia's condition and how it affects her every-day life. It's well written, and readers of all ages will find it an interesting way to learn about synesthesia.
The book was read by Danielle Ferland who did a good job of sinking into the background and letting Mia tell the story. She did voices well, even if Mia's father could sound a bit strained at times, and Mia's friend Jenna was occasionally too young-sounding. Minor details though - in general, she was a pleasure to listen to.
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