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A Mango Shaped Space

Narrated by: Danielle Ferland
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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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

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"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
  • 19-03-2016

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
  • 29-03-2013

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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  • Lisa Diaz
  • 20-12-2018

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
  • 23-01-2017

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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-2019

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

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

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  • Melanie Arrieta
  • 10-02-2019

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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  • Sofia Jane Glimberg
  • 17-01-2019

synesthesia

I have synesthesia too and I found myself relating to a lot of it. a really great reason overall.

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  • Felecia L. L. Pease
  • 23-07-2018

Colourful

Being in education and having a personal connection to synethesia, this books helps others to understand and accept another person's challenge and capabilities.

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  • SANDRA D MULHOLLAND
  • 21-07-2018

Mango shaped space

This book was amazing they should
make a sequel. This is my all time fav book.

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  • Devon Paul Russell
  • 31-05-2018

Honest characters and entertaining narration.

Couldnt wait to listen. The narrator gave voice to each character in a unique and interesting way.

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  • Maria Elmvang
  • 12-01-2009

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.