In this ALA Schneider award winning novel, Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, the middle child in a family of five, a girl who loves her cat, painting, and hanging out with her best friend, Jenna. But Mia knows she is far from ordinary. She is keeping a gigantic secret from everyone who knows her: sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. When trouble in her classes convinces Mia to finally reveal her condition to her parents, they don't understand. It turns out Mia has synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions where a person can see sounds, smell colors, or taste shapes.
Spiced with wit and humor, A Mango-Shaped Space is a poignant coming-of-age novel spiced with wit and humor that will intrigue readers long after they turn the last page.
"An original, brightly written tale."
"An intriguing first novel. Well-defined characterizations, natural-sounding dialogue, and concrete imagery."
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. In Every 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.