Title: A Mango-Shaped Space
Author: Wendy Mass
Page Count: 218
Everyone thinks I named my cat Mango because of his orange eyes, but that's not the case. I named him Mango because the sounds of his purrs and his wheezes and his meows are all various shades of yellow-orange....
Thirteen-year-old Mia Winchell appears to be the most normal kid in her family. Her younger brother, Zack, keeps a chart of all the McDonald's hamburgers he's eaten in his lifetime. Her older sister, Beth, dyes her hair a different color every week and might be a witch. But Mia knows she is far from ordinary. She is keeping something from everyone who knows her. When trouble in school finally convinces Mia to reveal her secret, she feels like a freak. Her family and friends have trouble relating to her as she embarks on an intense journey of self-discovery. By the time she realizes she has isolated herself from all the people who care about her, it is almost too late. She has to lose something very special in order to find herself.
"From the moment I read a story by Wendy Mass I knew she was a writer to watch. I welcome her first book and am certain young readers will, too." -Judy Blume
"An imaginative, original book. I love A Mango-Shaped Space. It's a book that I am recommending to all of my friends. Read this book!" -Paula Danziger
"Funny and touching at the same time. Wendy Mass has a winner in Mango's Mia!" -Meg Cabot
"I love it! Such an interesting, touching story about an issue I knew nothing about. And I want to adopt Zack and keep him with me forever." -Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife's Apprentice, winner of the Newberry Medal
"An original, brightly written tale." -Washington Post
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Okay, I just want to say, I was lucky enough to meet Wendy Mass, and I just want to say she is a very nice person. She tolerated me bumbling around trying to find a book for my friend, signed a book for me, went to her car to get said book for me, and let me take a picture with her. I literally took up half an hour of her time. She didn't complain/shoo me away once. Okay, just thought I'd say that. To the book! WAIT! To explain the colors (and the later review). I'm just going to say it, I have synesthesia (do not send me emails asking what color something is), and I put the headings in a very inaccurate representation of my colors. ;) So now to the book! I can already tell that Mass talked to synesthetes as she wrote this book. Half of the time I was reading I would say something like, "Yup, don't I know it." For example, people bombarding you asking what color some crud is. TOTALLY ACCURATE. Accurate synesthesia representation aside, the book was beautifully written, with turns that I didn't expect.
The Bottom Line: Wonderful synesthete representation, beautiful book.