A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
About: Mia Winchell has synesthesia, the mingling of perceptions whereby a person can see sounds, smell colors, and taste shapes. Afraid that she is crazy, thirteen-year-old Mia, who sees a special color with every letter, number, and sound, keeps this a secret. Until she becomes overwhelmed by school, changing relationships, and the loss of something important to her. Forced to reveal her condition, she must look to herself to develop an understanding and appreciation of her gift in this coming-of-age novel.
Anna Says: I flew through this book! I had never heard of synesthesia before a colleague told me about this story. It is so intriguing. I love factors that make us all unique and Mia definitely is different…in a very cool way! The way Wendy Mass describes what Mia sees and feels is perfect; I could almost see the colors myself. The relationships between Mia and her best friend, siblings, parents, and boy friends are very realistic. The combination of family, friendship, growing up, and this gift that makes Mia so exceptional come together to create a truly memorable story.