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Mango Delight Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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“The unexpected loss of a dear friendship leads to anxiety and ultimately resilience in television writer and producer Hyman's first middle-grade novel. Mango is a thoughtful 12-year-old black girl at Trueheart Middle School when her BFF gets a new cellphone, and suddenly they are on different planes of existence. When Mango accidentally drowns the phone in the bathroom sink, the fallout includes a lost job for her dad, a lost friend, and, above all, a lost sense of self and trust in others. ‘From then on, I was going to be uber-careful about who I got close to and who I let get close to me.’ Fortunately, despite her mounting anxiety, Mango learns that not everyone is as mercurial as her ex-BFF. Izzy, an exuberant Mexican-American classmate and former preschool play date that she had lost touch with, is the first of many to show Mango what a true friendship based on honesty and trust can look like. From cast mates in the school play to mentors and parents, a diverse community surrounds Mango as she learns to believe in herself and others again. Even former enemies can turn out to be friends when one learns to be real. Though this book clearly helps fill the need for minority female leads, the universal themes it addresses give it broad appeal across ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds. A short and sweet story that will encourage deeper conversations around shame, honesty, and courage.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The writing is accessible without being trite, and Mango’s inner struggle to be a better person is presented in an interesting and relatable fashion. . . . An appealing addition, featuring an African American protagonist, for all middle grade collections; hand to readers who enjoy friendship drama and gentle realism.” —School Library Journal
“[T]he characters . . . are deftly crafted, and their relationships play out in ways that carefully avoid cliché. . . . Mango’s supportive family is also well drawn, particularly her comforting Jamaican immigrant father and her no-nonsense, former athlete African-American mom, who’s a loving but demanding figure. Kids who’d settle for making it through middle school unscathed but still dream of shining in it will find a kindred spirit in Mango.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Author Fracaswell Hyman has built a fascinating story for middle-graders with well-rounded, believable characters and a story that will keep readers turning pages.” —San Francisco Book Review
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My Experience: I started reading Mango Delight on 6/23/17 and finished it on 6/29/17. This book is a fantastic read! I love the author’s ways with words. There’s attitude, humor, spunk, to the point, and modern all twisted together. I love the author’s writing style. The plot and characters are perfect. If time was on my side, I would have read this book nonstop!
“Remember, my sweet Mango, sometimes when it seems things are falling apart, they are really just falling into place.” p38
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Mango Delight Fuller aka Mango, a twelve year old middle school student who is outcast by her peers because she doesn’t have a cell phone. Life without a cell phone is less torturous when she has her best friend Brooklyn Minelli to have fun with. They have their cool handshakes, Girl On Track after school program to run together, and both are obsess with Beyoncé. When Mango won the 400 meter sprint, Brooklyn became distant and got herself a new cell phone and involve herself with the popular crowd called Cell-belles. Brooklyn became the Queen of Mean with her texts about Mango’s family to the Cell-belles and even trap Mango to perform onstage knowing Mango has stage fright. Turns out Mango surprised everyone with her awestruck performance. A popular girl in school, Hailey Joanne suddenly become Best Friends By Default with Mango because she posted a video of Mango’s performance on YouTube where it got hundreds of views. Mango has to figure out how to deal with new friendships when she had last trusted a friend and how hurt she got in the end.
“When we get home, we can go through this newspaper together, read all about the troubles in the world, and compare them to yours. How do you think you’ll measure up?” p191
This book is very well written! I love it! I love Mango’s family, especially her dad. He has such wise advices. I love following Mango’s train of thoughts. She is a good role model to other middle grade students. I love those obscure facts from TJ. Izzy is a great friend. I like the hashtags and the modern take to this book. It’s thought provoking as a parent to think about how cell phone is running all of our lives. It’s a tough decision to make whether how young a kid should have a cell phone. This book has me laughing and crying. It’s a total package and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: friendship, family dynamic, humor, fast paced, page turner, diversity, identity
I rate it 5 stars!
***Disclaimer: I won this book in a Twitter giveaway and my opinions are honest.
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Mango and her BFF, Brooklyn, are inseparable and fated to be. . .or so Mango believes. When, for the first time ever, Mango beats Brooklyn in the 400 yard dash and comes in 1st place, Brooklyn doesn't cheer for her. Instead, she convinces her mother to buy her a cell phone and slides her way into the snobby Hailey Jo crowd. Bad luck hits when Mango accidentally breaks Brook's cell phone, but this luck is about to turn around.
Fracaswell Hyman does a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. They are as natural as if they were walking down any middle school's hallways. Mango is sweet and has all the worries girls that age do, but she takes them on with a wonderful finesse. Not always without mistakes, but her attitude is an inspiration. Much of this also comes from her family, which is constantly supporting her even though they don't always agree with everything she does. Mango's parents listen and offer words of wisdom, and these words aren't only good for Mango to hear, but make the reader stop and think as well. It was refreshing to see such a healthy family balance, and how harmonizing doesn't always mean seeing things eye to eye.
A lot happens in this story, keeping the pace steady the entire way through. It was no problem to sit down with this and read it from beginning to end without once having the urge to set it down. There are serious moments, sad ones, shocking ones and a dash of humor and attitude to spice it up too. It's the kind of book readers (especially girls) ages 9 and up will be able relate with and see themselves in similar situations as they root for Mango the whole way through. And readers might even grab a bit of wisdom for their own lives along the way.
I received a complimentary copy and loved this book, so I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.