A Mango Shaped Space is an age appropriate, worthwhile, eye-opening read that will be especially appreciated by those who feel different. Main character Mia has synesthesia -- sounds, letters and numbers have colors to her. The death of her grandfather and of her best friend’s mother, even though they have occurred prior to the start of the story, are important and poignant. The death of her beloved cat, Mango, is upsetting and difficult to read. This story provides excellent discussion material regarding acceptance, understanding, and figuring out who you are and what defines you.