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Grade 5-8-Mia, 13, has always seen colors in sounds, numbers, and letters, a fact she has kept secret since the day she discovered that other people don't have this ability. Then she discovers that she has a rare condition called synesthesia, which means that the visual cortex in her brain is activated when she hears something. From then on, she leads a kind of double life-she eagerly attends research gatherings with other synesthetes and devours information about the condition, but continues to struggle at school, where her inadvertent pairing of particular colors with numbers and words makes math and French almost impossible to figure out. Her gradual abandonment of her frustrating school life in favor of the compelling world of fellow synesthetes and the unique things only they can experience seems quite logical, although readers may feel like shaking some sense into her. Finally, and rather abruptly, her extreme guilt at her beloved cat Mango's illness brings her back down to earth and she begins to work on some of the relationships she let crumble. Mia's voice is believable and her description of the vivid world she experiences, filled with slashes, blurs, and streaks of color, is fascinating. Not all of the many characters are necessary to the story, and some of the plot elements go unresolved, but Mia's unique way of experiencing the world is intriguing.
Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Gr. 6-10. This contemporary novel does for synesthesia what Terry Hesser's Kissing Doorknobs (1998) does for obsessive-compulsive disorder: the lively personal story demystifies a fascinating condition. For 13-year-old Mia Winchell, the world has always been filled with a wonderful, if sometimes dizzying, sensory onslaught--numbers, letters, words, and sounds all cause her to see a distinct array of colors. She keeps her unusual condition a secret until eighth grade, but then her color visions make math and Spanish impossibly confusing, and she must go to her parents and a doctor for help. However, this is more than a docu-novel. Mass beautifully integrates information about synesthesia with Mia's coming-of-age story, which includes her break with her best friend and her grief over her grandfather's death. The episode where Mia fabricates an illness to try out acupuncture for the color visions it produces is marvelously done, showing Mia's eagerness for new experiences even as it describes a synesthete's vision. References to a comprehensive Web site and bibliography about synesthesia are included. Debbie Carton
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In this touching novel Wendy Mass describes a girl named Mia with a unique condition called synesthesia. Synesthesia is like having two of your senses linked together. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Young Mensan BookParade
I loved this book so much!! Recommended to ages 8-up. Definitely a good read. If you are looking for a book with a great story, this is the book for you.Published 19 days ago by Mariah Crownover
i thought this book was amazing! i thought it was very clever how Wendy Mass kind of used Mango as a representaitve of her grandfathers soul. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nej
A Mango Shaped Space is a hope filled novel about how you can get through anything if you are / surrounded by the right people. I give it give stars.Published 1 month ago by Amy Cz
because of this book i realized that i had synesthesia too. like mia i assumed that everyone saw colors like me. i have colored letters numbers soundd and sometimes taste. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pam Matheson
My mom bought this book for me and I loved it! It's a great story about a girl who sees names and other words as colors. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Avid Reader In Utah