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A Mango Shaped Space

Written by: Wendy Mass
Narrated by: Danielle Ferland
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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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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  • Dianabrach
  • 2016-03-19

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
  • 2013-03-29

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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  • Melanie Arrieta
  • 2019-02-10

Great book for Adolescents, Odd Recording

This book was assigned reading for my English class, so I used this audio for my students to read along in class. My preteen students often commented that the narrator of this audiobook often sounded robotic or unnatural, but it was easy to follow and enjoyable enough.

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  • Lisa Diaz
  • 2018-12-20

exceptional story

This was an assigned staff read. I can't believe how GOOD it was. it covers reaction to losses of family members and pets. It is primarily about a young girl who has been hiding an exceptional difference that truthfully no one would begin to understand because it is so unheard of. this exceptionality can negatively impact learning the way dyslexia Ken impact learning. it can also feel similar to schizophrenia. the young character meets another little boy with the same abilities and struggles with the idea of approaching him and his mother. basically in life there are daily struggles and decisions that we all endure, so this book applies to all age levels. I completed the book in about 24 hours.

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  • Katie
  • 2017-01-23

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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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  • M@m@be@r
  • 2020-02-26

not just for teens

my son read this in a book club at school. it sounded like it was a good book, so I decided to read as well. I'm so glad I did. I loved it!!

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  • J. Fryxell
  • 2020-02-26

Imprint on heart

Touching coping and coming of age story for all those who are different and see life more colorfully. Likable characters and completely relatable. If you have pets, you'll squeeze them a little more after reading this one. Some interactions a bit predictable but do not ruin the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-05

A mango shaped space

It's not letting me download it please help 😢 I don't know why is it's doing that.😠😠😠😠😠😢😢😢😢😢😢

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-07

"A great book, connecting to kids with synestesia"

I love this book, it is awsome. I never would have thought that synestesia was real, if I had never read this book. It is a remarkable book by Wendy Mass. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-25

GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!

loved it soooooo much, brought tears of happiness and sadness thank you Soo much for this amazing book, it was so inspirational!!!