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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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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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Love it every time I read it!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes! I first read this book when I was young and I still love it just as much! A great story with lots depth and a unique story! I wish there were others like it!

What did you like best about this story?

How well Mia's characters was developed through the narration of her life from her perspectives and others, and her relationships!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Danielle Ferland?

Yes, wonderful author!

Did A Mango Shaped Space inspire you to do anything?

Yes, appreciate the beauty in the world around me!

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book! So good! Wonderful wonderful wonderful!

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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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Amazing nothing but amazing this book is my favorite and will most likely remain my favorite

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  • Reid
  • Utah
  • 01-05-16

Great!

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This is great!!

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One of the best books

It was amazing this was the first book that made me cry. I highly recommend it.

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It's a very good book hilarious
a little sad but overall fantastic
Wendy mass is great

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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.