Thirteen year old Mia isn’t like everyone else. For her, words, numbers, and sounds have color. It’s all around her, all of the time - as if being thirteen isn’t hard enough already. When Mia starts struggling in school, she realizes that there has to be more to her than just not being “normal.” A Mango-Shaped Space is a heartwarming novel about fitting in, being different, and embracing what makes you unique.
Have students identify different types of figurative language in A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.
“The bubbling up inside me has gotten too strong. I can feel it rising to the surface. Bubble, bubble, simmer, fizz, and BOOM!” The author is using these sounds to help the reader hear how Mia feels inside. Like a bottle of soda that's going to burst.
“But if I couldn’t use my colors, the world would seem so bland - like vanilla ice cream without the gummy bears on top.” This means that without her unique identity, Mia would live a very boring life.
"Then fireworks go off in my head.”This means her brain was overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions.