A Mango-shaped Space

A Mango-shaped Space

Book - 2010 | First revised edition.
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An award-winning book from the author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life and The Candymakers for fans for of Wonder and Counting by Sevens.
Thirteen-year-old Mia Winchell is far from ordinary: she suffers from a rare condition called synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions whereby a person can see sounds, smell colors, or taste shapes. But because she has kept it a secret from everyone, she appears to be the most normal kid in her family. Her younger brother Zack keeps a chart of all the McDonald's hamburgers he's eaten in his lifetime. Her older sister Beth dyes her hair a different color every week and might be a witch.
When trouble in the school finally convinces Mia to reveal her secret, she feels like a freak; and as she embarks on an intense journey of self-discovery, her family and friends have trouble relating to her. By the time she realizes she has isolated herself from all the people who care about her, it is almost too late. Mia has to lose something very special in order to understand and appreciate her special gift in this coming-of-age novel.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2010.
Edition: First revised edition.
ISBN: 9780316058254
Branch Call Number: J FIC Mass
Characteristics: 270 pages ; 20 cm


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Oct 21, 2017

A really good book! I think i might have synthensia too. :)

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

The main character of this novel is unique because of her synesthesia, a condition that causes her to experience senses differently. I would recommend this to anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.

i found this truly amazing because unlike other books where there is usually a normal character experiencing normal issues this book takes life to a whole new level. This book informs me on a new early life style. It was very interesting. when I first saw this O was like 'no way that could be good' You know what? I love it. It's so good!

- Alix, age 12

Jan 30, 2017

Really a sweet read. Loveable characters, soulful quirks and some very heartfelt bits. Oh, that tornado of feelings being a 13 year old girl! I remember it well!

katbee Jan 06, 2017

It was fascinating to learn about synesthesia while reading this book! I enjoyed the characters and the story immensely. It would be a good book for children who are struggling with grief.

Dec 21, 2016

Love this book. :D:D:D:D:D:D

Nov 25, 2016

Amazing book! It is written very well! Reccomend for anybody who wants a very good read.

Jul 25, 2016

I especially enjoyed this book because I can relate to Mia because I also have synesthesia
and we share the same name :)

Dec 28, 2015

Great Book!!!

Dec 16, 2015

I do have synesthesia, however I wish I had this type of it. I can taste colors which is not as cool as hearing colors. This book is a good account of this gift of the senses.

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Feb 20, 2014

Mia has this memory when she was younger about her embarrassing part. She told her teachers the numbers have types of colours. Now she is in Grade 8. Then at home, she told her parents which they took her to the doctor's. The doctor checked her and said to go to a specialist. It was true, Mia did see colours. At school, once the other students heard about their situation, they asked her what each of their names were. Later on, she met Jerry; a man that helps special ability people (really cool). She talks to a pen pal who has the ability too. Later on, her precious cat Mango dies which is very upsetting. Jenna (her best friend) buys her a new friendship bracelet.
Mia found out where Mango came from; she was a father to kittens. (I think.)


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Feb 20, 2014

Always be yourself and never put yourself down, no matter what others say about you.


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