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A Mango-Shaped Space Paperback – October 19, 2005
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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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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The main character, Mia, has synesthesia. She seems to think the same way I do, and the way she describes seeing the sounds colors is just how it's like, for example,a huge amount of noise is more annoying and overwhelming, but classical music is more calm and enjoyable.
I tried the listening to the music in the shower thing, and I don't think the book gave it enough justice, because it was too amazing for words.
The author has definitely done her research.
1) Roger and Mia to get together
2) Mia adopts Mango's son
3) Mango' s son doesn't die.
I hope you find this review helpful to you to make the right choice and buy this book!
It was most interesting because I see auras around people, animals and just about everything, as do my children.
I have been a little concerned lately because I now see colored shapes in the air on occasion and I thought there
might be something wrong with my eyesight. Now I know there isn't! I had recently read about "synesthesia" on the
net because my husband noticed an article about it Scientists seem to consider it a "condition" because there are
more synapses firing in the brain than is normal. To me this means that synesthetes are actually utilizing more
of the brain than is "normal". Isn't this a good thing? Just think of what might be possible if we could stimulate
and access more of the "dormant" parts of the brain. I truly believe that we as humans are capable of being so much
more than we are.
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i loved the ending; if i were mia, i would definitely get the kitten that looks like baby as a baby!!!!!Read more