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Publisher's Summary

When 13-year-old Mia finally reveals a closely-guarded secret, it soon echoes throughout her school. She was born with synesthesia, a neurological cross-wiring that lets her see sounds, taste shapes, and smell colors. To Mia, the letter A glows with faded sunflower-yellow, screeching chalk sizzles with jagged red sparks, and her cat's voice puffs with orange-mango haze. How can Mia "the alien" find acceptance and self-worth?

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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heartwarming and thought invoking

Great story that sheds light on a little known topic, synesthesia (sp?). Discusses many topics anyone can relate to, especially young adults. Looking forward to a novel study on this book with my 6th grade literature classes in April.

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  • Hector
  • Hanover Park, IL, United States
  • 03-29-13

A Cute Listen

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.

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What didn’t you like about Danielle Ferland’s performance?

I really did not like this performance. The story was ok but the narration annoyed me to the point I returned this book.

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Colourful

Being in education and having a personal connection to synethesia, this books helps others to understand and accept another person's challenge and capabilities.

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Mango shaped space

This book was amazing they should
make a sequel. This is my all time fav book.

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Honest characters and entertaining narration.

Couldnt wait to listen. The narrator gave voice to each character in a unique and interesting way.

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Awesome Book!!

It is very well read and has an AMAZING story line! There is also a few plot twists I was not expecting at all.

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Great story

I think it’s a perfect social issue book but it’s also a very touching and interesting story.

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Great writing, if you can tolerate the reading

This is an excellent story, though I almost returned it in the beginning because of the way the reader does the main character’s voice. I think she’s trying to sound young, but it’s just irritating. Glad I stuck with it though, because I did get used to it after a while, I suppose, and the story was lovely. And how nice to see a functional family in fiction for a change! Just goes to show, a good writer can take a perfectly normal, happy family and still create an excellent and deeply touching narrative— without having to resort to the usual cliché dramatics (evil parents, abuse, repression, etc.) Goes to show, nice kids from nice families can have their struggles too, and they can still be compelling.

Bonus points for the whole synesthesia thing. That’s the reason I read it in the first place, because I have synesthesia. Unfortunately, the writer left out one kind entirely, day/date synesthesia, which is my main one. Oh well, still worth five stars. Great story.

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Worth it

Used this book as my free trial because of school and I was so tierd of reading. I absolutely love it.

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  • Maria Elmvang
  • 01-12-09

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 <u>A Mango-Shaped Space</u> brought it home to me rather forcefully just <i>how</i> 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.