54 pages 1 hour read

Wendy Mass

A Mango-Shaped Space

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2003

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Essay Topics


The theme of Grief and Healing is important in A Mango-Shaped Space. Discuss how the book treats these themes in relation to one character.


Synesthesia is a real condition. Do your own research about the condition and compare this research with the way synesthesia is portrayed in the book. Discuss what Wendy Mass may have changed about synesthesia for the story, and why. 


Throughout A Mango-Shaped Space, Mia undergoes a coming-of-age journey. Find another book in which the main character undergoes a similar journey and write an essay comparing and contrasting the two novel. Look at the structure and dominant themes of both books to form the basis of your comparison.