A Mango-Shaped Space

Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she s keeping a big secret sounds, numbers, and words have color for her No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.
A Mango Shaped Space Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid but she s keeping a big secret sounds numbers and words have color for her No one knows and Mia wants to keep it that way But when trouble at school finall

  • Title: A Mango-Shaped Space
  • Author: Wendy Mass
  • ISBN: 9780316058254
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
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    About the Author

    Wendy Mass

    Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango Shaped Space which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association , Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled Mr Monk Goes to the Theatre, which aired during the show s second season She tells people her hobbies are hiking and photography, but really they re collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector Wendy lives with her family in New Jersey.

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    • Bluesequin said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Having strong synesthesia myself, I was not very pleased with the way it is portrayed in this book. I understand that Mass does not have synesthesia herself and that this lack of experience clearly makes it difficult for her to portray the condition accurately. Nonetheless, throughout the novel, she either makes synesthesia seem like a harrowing handicap or divine euphoria. Honestly, it's neither. I think Mass made it seem greater than what it actually is. I've never encountered a synesthete who [...]

    • Spider the Doof Warrior said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      First of all, synesthesia is not a disability. You wish you had it. Since it's my username and something I have, I have personal experience on the subject.My sort of synethesia equals seeing colours in music based on the key, smelling music, tasting it. Feeling the texture of it on my skin. Songs can have a temperature or a time of day like as song can be in the key of D or something and feel like a night sort of song or in the key of D minor and be grey like an overcast day.I can also taste wor [...]

    • Megan said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      With the rise in popularity of YA novels, I think that somehow we have all forgotten what it is like to actually be a teenager. Even the better (and some of my favorite) YA's feature a girl who is clever, has great self-esteem, and knows who she is. One of the many excellent aspects of A Mango-Shaped Space is that 13 (or is it 14?) year old Mia is not only a cool protagonist, she is also a bit childlike. Granted, she is younger than the typical YA heroine, but she has a bit of naivety and immatu [...]

    • Meg said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I read "A Mango Shaped Space" in sixth grade.Let me tell you, this book drastically changed my life.This book isn't about mangos, it's about a young girl named Mia, who associates numbers, letters, sounds, days of the week, and months with colors. This isn't a disease, it isn't a disorder, it's simply a condition, or as I usually refer to it, a gift, or a blessing. It's called Synesthesia (sin-es-tee-ja).I read this book, and contemplated Mia. It sure sounded awfully familiar When I was in presc [...]

    • Elise (TheBookishActress) said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      It's been eight years since I've read this this, and the message of this book still might be one of the most moral repugnant I've ever seen. What's saddest is that A Mango Shaped Space could be a great book, were it not for the terrible moral of the story.So. A Mango Shaped Space is about a girl who begins a journey to learn who she is and accept her own synesthesia. Along the way, she makes friends at conventions for people with synesthesia. She even learns that acupuncture feels really good fo [...]

    • Emma said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Here's what I like about A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass: The plot is extremely interesting and really, for lack of a better word, new. Mass talks about a condition that most people have never even heard of and she just runs with it.Here's what I don't like: Mass is at pains throughout the novel to make sure everyone knows her narrator is young. I also have mixed feelings about it winning an award (the Kaplan award I believe) for artistically representing life with a disability.Here's some in [...]

    • Erin said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Synesthesia is not at all how Mass portrays it in the book. Since you are born with it, you don't remember a timer when "Dave" did not taste like turnips. You don't get scared of it, and its not really something that interferes with your social life. Sure, the occasional "whats the color of my name?" tactic or the "what color is chicken?", but never that someone stops being your friend. When you figure out that other people don't see what you see, you just end up wondering why the heck Tuesday i [...]

    • Hooma said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      A Mango-Shaped Space (2003) is a novel by Wendy Mass. This brilliant book is about Mia, a thirteen year old girl living with synesthesia. Her synesthesia causes her problems in school, with friends, and just having her parents understand her. For example, Mia first experiences ridicule at the hands of her third-grade classmates when she is called to the front of the room to do a math problem. She uses coloured chalk to make the numbers fit into the synthesiasiatic form in which she sees them. He [...]

    • Kristin said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I haven't read this, but the synopses actually put me off of it. As someone with synesthesia, I don't see how anyone could think they need to go to a doctor for it or have problems as a result of it. I've never thought it was anything special or scary, just mildly funny-- when I was growing up, my parents just always told other relatives with amusement, oh what a funny kid, she says "it tastes purple" or "it makes my stomach feel blue" or "the air smells orange." Then, when I grew up, I simply k [...]

    • katarzyna said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      This book is great! I recently recommended it to one of the middle school students I work with and it seemed to going over really well with her.I'm only a few years shy of being twice Mia the narrator's age, but found her to be awesome. Definitely not perfect and kind of a pain in the butt to other characters at times (terrible school project partner, for one) but such a realistic, hilarious 13-year-old. The character development was great in general, and I ended up liking pretty much everyone. [...]

    • Elspeth said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      You can also read mine, and MLE's reviews on our blog.This would have been a four star book if it wasn’t for the degradation at the end into a swirling mass of teen angst. Yeah, I am not so much into teen angst.The author did a great job in getting you into Mia’s head, on how scared and frustrated she was with her synesthesia. It made you think, on how the torments of the other children in her third grade math class effected her. On how she kept her synesthesia a secret until she had to tell [...]

    • Cassidy said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      This book is very special to me. It is about a girl named Mia with a rare neurological condition called synesthesia. People with synesthesia "blend senses". Some common examples include colored hearing, tasting words, colored graphemes, personified graphemes, colored personalities, colored emotions, tasting colors, colored scents, hearing colors, colored units of time even having unique visual maps of abstract concepts, such as time (for example, September might be three feet above your left sho [...]

    • snowplum said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I enjoyed reading this book, yet I would hesitate to say that it is such a great book that anyone or everyone should rush to read it. My favorite parts of it were reading about the various manifestations of synesthesia, which I suppose I could have read about somewhere else; but there is something to be said for a character in a book who is treating acupuncture with all the traditional behaviors of a junkie -- sneaking out, lying, spending all her money on it -- all because it amps up her synest [...]

    • Gerry said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I find adults who read young adult novels to be kinda creepy, like the men I see playing Magic: The Gathering with teens at the comic book shop on Saturdays. Then again, I am buying comic books on a Saturday, so maybe I'm full of it.But I, a fully grown human adult, did read A Mango-Shaped Space. My daughter recommended it to me after I gave her a copy of Animal Farm. I'll let you decide who got the better deal.So this young girl named Mia has synesthesia, a condition that causes her to see soun [...]

    • Ylenia said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      ★ 2016 AtY Reading Challenge ★: A book with a type of food/drink in the title.*2.5 stars*I feel sooooooo bad. I'm sad this book didn't resonate with me more. Normally 2.5 stars is not a bad rating but to be honest is more of like a 2.25. Maybe even a 2?The main theme of this book is synesthesia. The form Mia has is the one that causes her to associate colors to numbers, letters (and words, names etc.) and sounds.There was some info-dumping happening during the book, especially when her "phen [...]

    • Sarah said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      'Growth can only truly be achieved through loss' (- A Mango Shaped-Space, by Wendy Mass) I love this quote because it demonstrates The pain and suffering that comes from loss but also the growth. In this book Mia discovers a huge loss that wounds her but also makes her 10x stronger. I feel like this was a great lesson for Wendy to put into her book. In a way i see it as 'when one door closes another door opens'. This is one of the many lessons I learned from this book. "Numbers don't have colors [...]

    • Janet said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Here's what I wrote in an email to my former professors, the ones who taught me that synesthesia existed. I have a Master's in gifted & creative education, and many gifted & creative people have synesthesia just as the protagonist in this story does. In any case, below is the email I sent to them today. It'll have to do as my review, as I don't feel like writing anymore: One of my new favorite websites, , led me to a reading group for those who love young adult literature. While searchin [...]

    • Kaethe said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I had a hard time with this. First, the first-person narration felt slightly off to me. Nothing big, nothing really jarring, just ever-so-slightly-off in a way I can't put my finger on. Then there was the whole thing about the ages of Mia's parents. I'm guessing they were born in the 1960-1965 range. Why in hell would Mia's mother blame Mia's problem on the father's drug use in the 60s? I know that this is really trivial, but it's an emotionally fraught section of the story, very high impact, ev [...]

    • Angie said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      So far, I think this is a very interesting book, because I have never seen anyone memorize things by colors. I never even knew what synesthesia was until I started reading this book. At certain times while reading this book, I wish I could experience a day with synesthesia, sensing colors like Mia Winchell. In addition, I enjoy reading the part when Mia is taking the math test. She struggles with memorizing the formulas by actual letters, then she uses her method of using colors during the test [...]

    • Yumi said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      This is also a sad story and a touching story. It's about a girl who sees colors for numbers, letters, and sounds. She also has a cat that she loves the most, Mango. I will recommend this book to people who loves Wendy Mass books.

    • may ➹ said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      A mango-shaped space.Mango.That's all I need.(Okay no really it was super good. I read it twice. <3)

    • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      A fast read for an adult, I pretty much finished it in a sitting. I wouldn't give it to any sensitive kids under about the age the main character iseleven or twelve, because it could be upsetting. The book deals with a lot of loss and sorrow. (Are there any upbeat middleschool books out there anymore?) Before the action even starts you have one person who has lost her mother to disease and the MC's beloved grandfather has died too. And that's before you meet her odd family: her strangely superst [...]

    • Britt said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Britt van der Poel 4-22-10 A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass A Mango-Shaped Space is about a girl named Mia who has synesthesia. The color for her name is a sunflower yellow, and the numbers get mixed up in math class all the time. Her parents freak out when she tells them, and when her cat dies all of her colors disappear. Mia is very confused about what to do in her life, but ends up finding a lot of friends who understand and respect her. Eventually, everyone in her class figures out [...]

    • Cait (Paper Fury) said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE was a real breath of fresh air for me. It’s light and calm, but definitely substantial. And it centres around something I’ve never even heard of before: synesthesia. (PS My friend recommended it to me. I’m really glad she did!)The cover is really cute – simple and colourful. And I really love the title. It just fits in with the entire book so well. Normally I don’t gush over covers/titles, but this time? It needs it. LOVE this cover. Characters? Mia narrates. Whil [...]

    • Laura Petto said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I bought a stack of books at Borders yesterday, and I bought a book that I have wanted for quite a bit. I’m even thinking about using this as our next book club book (after A Great and Terrible Beauty).A Mango Shaped Space tells the tale of Mia Winchell (what an awesome name!) , a secret synesthete. Mia sees colors when she hears sounds, and letters, numbers, and names all have names for her. Except she hasn’t told anyone.Mia is terrified of the reaction of her fellow students if they ever l [...]

    • Writer's Relief said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Mia is a thirteen-year-old-girl who suffers from synesthesia, a psychological condition that causes her to see sounds, smell colors, and taste shapes. Afraid that she’s crazy, Mia keeps her unique ability a secret. But then trouble at school, and a chance meeting with a boy who has the same gift, prompts Mia to tell her parents about the colors and shapes that bombard her. Now consumed with the need to explore the potential of her gift, Mia disregards her personal relationships and isolates he [...]

    • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      Great story! I never knew anything about synesthesia until I read this book. This is the first children's/YA book I've ever read on it, yet there must be hundreds of children out there who suffer from it. Some picture books are needed on this subject as well. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the problems and pleasures of growing up with a condition like this.

    • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩ said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      This book is really good, although really depressing in some parts. It's about a girl that mentally gives a color to everything--sounds, words, numbers, letters, people's names, etc. I don't know if this is a real disorder, but the book is very interesting. I recommend it.

    • Mariam said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      This is one of my favorite books written by Wendy Mass. A Mango-Shaped Space is about a girl who has synesthesia ( I had no clue what synestheisa was before) A unique and fun read. Definitely recommended!

    • Haley said:
      Sep 20, 2018 - 11:04 AM

      I suggest this to any one! it was so gooood!

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