Mango-shaped Space

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Afraid that she is crazy, 13-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.

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Overview

Afraid that she is crazy, 13-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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756970215
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 221
  • Sales rank: 967,105
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass is the author of the ALA Schneider Family Award winner A Mango-Shaped Space,Leap Day, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, and Every Soul a Star. Wendy lives in Sparta, New Jersey with her husband and her twin daughter and son

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Luv it

    This book was amazing. Definetly NO waste of cash. Trust me: this book will be no disappointment

    P.S. They should seriously make this a movie. Click yes if you agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    58 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

    Fantabulous

    This book was amazing! I first picked it up because of the strange title, then I started reading it and I was hooked. I had no idea that synesthesia existed! Even though this book talks about a medical stuff, it reads like a great novel. I cry every time I read it but it continues to amaze me. Great book for book reports.

    54 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    Inspiring

    This book inspired me to research mia's problem. Im was tolaty sucked in by its title and ratings and found it was proboly the most inspiring book iv'e ever read. I reconmen it to anyone who loves books

    24 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    Absolutely amazing.

    Wendy Mass is now one of my favorite authors. A mango shaped space was inspiring and heart-warming. it only took me a few days to finish it, beacause once you read a page, youre automatically hooked. trust me, read it. :)

    24 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2005

    a great portrayl of synesthia

    i my self have synesthia. i thought this book was a great way to show people the truth about synesthia. i can relate to the character so much it's scary. i think it is a MUST READ for all ages!!!

    24 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    "A Mango Shaped Space"= AWESOME!!!

    in this book the main character has synesthesia and through out this book she is trying to get rid of her synesthesia so she doesn't fail school (she is in algebra and she sees numbers as colors and the numbers are always changing in algebra). but then she realizes how wonderful synesthesia is and that without it the world is very very boring.

    19 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    OMG that was the best book ever. I would have never guessed the ending! It was sad at times but it was the best book I have ever read! I would reccomend it to ANYBODY!!

    16 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    Mango Book

    This book was incredible! I absolutely loved it, even though the ending was kind of sad. I started crying during math class. This has to be one of my favorite books ever and I'd recommend it to anybody.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    How is it possible not to like this book?

    In A Mango-Shaped Space, thre were times when i cheered and times when i cried. There are some places you wonder "Why on earth would she do that?" and times when you might think"I would do tht too!Cool!" This book is very moving and you must read it!!!! :-P

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    the most amazing book!!

    omg, once i srarted this book i just could not stop it!!! it is probally the best book i have ever read!!!! i promise it is great!!

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    The plot is extremely interesting and really, for lack of a better word, new.

    Here's what I like about A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass: The plot is extremely interesting and really, for lack of a better word, new. Mass talks about a condition that most people have never even heard of and she just runs with it.

    Here's what I don't like: Mass is at pains throughout the novel to make sure everyone knows her narrator is young. I also have mixed feelings about it winning an award (the Kaplan award I believe) for artistically representing life with a disability.

    Here's some information so you can actually understand what I'm going on about: Okay, so the book follows thirteen-year-old Mia. Mia has synesthesia, a neurological condition that allows her to see letters and numbers in color. As the blurb on the back of the book states, Mia named her cat Mango because that is the color of his breathing. That is, you will agree, pretty cool. The action of the story starts when Mia realizes she can no longer keep her condition a secret from her friends and family because it's starting to interfere with her schoolwork. So Mia starts going to doctors and she finally meets people just like her.

    So, on one level, this story is about dealing with synesthesia. But it also has a lot more going on. Mia's grandfather has recently died and, as readers will learn, Mango's place in the story is intricately tied to that of Mia's grandfather. At the end of the day, more than being about dealing with a disability (I'm not even sure I like calling synesthesia a disability) A Mango-Shaped Space is about accepting who you are and coping with the harder parts of life.

    I read this book back-to-back with Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian so comparisons are inevitable. What I found really interesting is that Alexie's narrator is only a year older than Mia, but the story is clearly appropriate for teens--I'd never give it to a ten year old for instance. Mass' novel, on the other hand, could just as easily be cataloged as a Children's book rather than Young Adult (left to my own devices I think I would do just that). Why? Well, like I said, Mass makes sure we know how young Mia is. Revelations like Mia never previously sitting with a boy at lunch or attending a boy-girl party abound in the narrative--sometimes unnecessarily.

    At the same time, the material is just less heavy. The tone is lighter and the characters are a little less developed so that their hurts never quite hit home. I'm not sure if this is a bad thing though--it just makes it clear, while reading, that the book could be appropriate for a younger audience.

    I'd definitely give this book a look though. The prose is easy to digest and the story is really interesting. And, surprisingly, the story features a lot of characters who are just as interesting to meet as Mia (with her synesthesia)--Mia's little brother Zach is a particular favorite for this reviewer.

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    I WANT MORE!!!!!

    This book was like an escape. An escape to find life not know what to do or where to start!

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2005

    There needs to be a sequel!!!

    This book is so good. BEfore i read it i had never heard of synesthia, so it was amazing to learn about it! Although the book was good I hope there will be a sequel and soon!!!!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    A mango shapes the word amazing

    I found this book absolutely touching. It got me emotional, and I'm really not the teary-eyed kind of person. Anyonewho reads this will definately enjoy it!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Love this book!

    This book was sooooo good and Wendy Mass is amazing! Heaven looks a lot like the mall is a good one, too!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Great book!

    This book was one of my favorites by Wendy Mass. It has true variety to it! The book is so well written,and it shows everything from Mias (the main characters) point of view,and she tells her story. It is a very interesting story and I would recomen it to anyone! Great job Wendy!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Great book!!!

    After I read this book I realized I have some synesthesia too! My months acrually have colors and they are arranged on a clock. For example, June is were the six is. May is dark purple and my least favorite month is October because it's black.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Wendy Mass does it again!

    I love this book and this author!
    Ever since i read this book i've been watching for her new books. This is a majorly good book although i cried at the end.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    What I thought of "A Mango-Shaped Space"

    Personally, I enjoyed reading about the life of a fellow synesthete. The story plot was simple and it made for a quick, easy read. However, the death of Mia's cat Mango was unbearably predictable and I felt as though the writing was simplistic and the author left many loose ends, such Mia's separate but necessary relationships with Roger and Adam. All-in-all, this was an interesting novel but lacked many necessary features.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Mango shaped space

    AWESOME BOOK!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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