Mango-shaped Space

Mango-shaped Space

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by Wendy Mass

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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.


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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Little, Brown & Company
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5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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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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A Mango-Shaped Space 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 503 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
QuickSilverMJ More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
CJ_Jean More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was like an escape. An escape to find life not know what to do or where to start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sooooo good and Wendy Mass is amazing! Heaven looks a lot like the mall is a good one, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is safiya i wanna know what color it is. Sorry if yoy get this questio alot...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So fabulous can totally relate to the characters and i love the entir book but ending is a little sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! Made me sigh, laugh, and cry. A very heart felt book that every reader, young or old, will enjoy just as a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This biok was so good. I havnt even heard of the ccondition that mia has. Im warning u thoug you will cry at the end. I defintly did. But i give this book 5stars. If you like this book cheak out some of wendy masss other books they are just as good!
Rusty3 More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Abbyriddle More than 1 year ago
A Mango Shaped Space is a tear-jerking, intriguing novel that grabs the attention of the reader and never lets go. This book is about a seemingly normal girl that has a not so normal secret. She has the power to see colors more than any other person. She also identifies color with numbers and letters. Throughout the book the author strings a girl's unusual love for her cat that captures the readers emotions. This book started as a average book when I first read the beginning, but as the book progressed, it took on a sense of emotional power that grabbed hold of me. It was not just the girl's love for her cat that stood out to me, but rather her outlook on life. It was as though this character had actually been a real person, and that is what I found so captivating.
fashionfoward13 More than 1 year ago
i don't want to give you everything but basically this girl sees things in shapes and colors. like each word or sound has a visionary for her in her head. This has been happening for a while and her mom just thinks it's a phase that she was lying. Then she goes to a specialist and gets to meet other people who have the same disease! It's very interesting and the descrpitions are inpectable, a wonderful read