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A Mango Shaped Space Audiobook

A Mango Shaped Space

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Maria Elmvang Denmark 12/01/2009
    Maria Elmvang Denmark 12/01/2009 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

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  • Hector
    Hanover Park, IL, United States
    29/03/13
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • emily jacka
    15/02/17
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    23/01/17
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    "Blah"
    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    16/11/16
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    "MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER"

    I love this book to much i give it a 5 out of 5! 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dianabrach
    19/03/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • carter
    12/01/16
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    "One word"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reid
    Utah
    05/01/16
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    "Great!"

    👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻y a y y a y y a y y i p p e e!
    This is great!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian P. Parrish
    Dale City, VA United States
    15/12/15
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lishism
    New Orleans, LA
    27/07/15
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    "Great"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather Turiello
    Overland Park, KS USA
    29/03/13
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    "Wonderful story about a little known condition..."
    What did you love best about A Mango Shaped Space?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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