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A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
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Feb 01, 08

bookshelves: realistic-fiction, being-different
Read in January, 2008

Everyone around town knows that Mia is the most normal member of her family... but Mia knows that isn't true. She's been hiding a secret. A big, colorful, everyone-will-call-me-a-freak-if-they-know secret.

Mia sees colors and shapes when she hears noises. She also sees black-and-white letters and numbers in color; she can't help but associate people with the visual display of their names and the geometric colors of their voices. No one else sees the world the way Mia does. She must be a freak. She sure can't tell anyone about it... until she meets a 5-year-old boy who sees everything just like she does. Could it be that she isn't alone?

This is such a sweet, layered story! Mia wrestles through grief, fracturing friendships, and dubious first-kisses to discover the beauty of seeing the world in multidimensional color. Read this if you want to see the world through new eyes (literally!).

--Courtney
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