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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • 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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  • 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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  • bobbypins
  • 03-07-2021

Favorite book i read this year!

This isn't the type of book I would usually pick up but my boyfriend suggested it and I'm glad he did! It ended up being of my favorites! I cried a lot but I really liked the way the book talked about grief and portrayed what it's like to be a kid. It made me remember what it was like to be a kid again. I especially enjoyed reading about the main characters unique perspective. I would definitely recommend this book for kids and adults alike.

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  • elizabeth e medaglia
  • 01-03-2021

So relatable!!! Love it!!!

As a 12 year old with grapheme-color synesthesia, I could mostly relate to this book. I read it because my friend recommended it to me and it was totally worth it!!! It’s a very good book. Recommended by me.
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  • M@m@be@r
  • 26-02-2020

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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  • MI_2020
  • 26-02-2020

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
  • 05-12-2019

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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  • 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.

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