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A Mango-Shaped Space (Paperback)
This coming of age story strays from the usual experience with Mia, a 13 year-old girl who has a condition called synesthesia. This means she associates colors and shapes differently than other people (numbers for example, each have a matching color for Mia). Once she realizes this aspect of her life, she finds the people around her to be confused as well as fascinated. She must then navigate the usual trials of adolescence with a condition that proves both a challenge and a gift.— Lydia
About the Author
Wendy Mass won the ALA Schneider Family Book Award for her first young readers' novel, A Mango-Shaped Space, about a girl with the fascinating condition synesthesia. In Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, a boy embarks on a life-changing journey. InEvery Soul a Star, three very different kids are brought together by a solar eclipse; and in The Candymakers, four kids enter the contest of a lifetime. The Space Taxi series sends a boy and a talking cat on adventures to distant planets, and the Willow Falls books (beginning with 11 Birthdays) add a dash of magic into a small town. Wendy lives in New Jersey with her family.
"An original, brightly written tale."—Washington Post
"An intriguing first novel. Well-defined characterizations, natural-sounding dialogue, and concrete imagery."—Publishers Weekly
"Funny and touching at the same time. Wendy Mass has a winner in Mango's Mia!"—Meg Cabot
"From the moment I read a story by Wendy Maas I knew she was a writer to watch. I welcome her first book and am certain young readers will, too."—Judy Blume
"I love it! Such an interesting, touching story about an issue I knew nothing about. And I want to adopt Zack and keep him forever."—Karen Cushman, author of the Newbery Medal winner The Midwife's Apprentice