Mango Delight
Mango Delight
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Series: Mango Delight Vol. 1   
Annotation: Follows the experiences of a seventh-grader whose clumsy accident costs her social status, her spot on the track team and her father's job before becoming an unexpected YouTube sensation and confronting difficult choices about friendship.
Catalog Number: #66501
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Publisher: Sterling
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 219 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-454-92962-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4436-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-454-92962-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4436-2
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
The unexpected loss of a dear friendship leads to anxiety and ultimately resilience in television writer and producer Hyman's first middle-grade novel.Mango is a thoughtful 12-year-old black girl at Trueheart Middle School when her BFF gets a new cellphone, and suddenly they are on different planes of existence. When Mango accidentally drowns the phone in the bathroom sink, the fallout includes a lost job for her dad, a lost friend, and, above all, a lost sense of self and trust in others. "From then on, I was going to be uber-careful about who I got close to and who I let get close to me." Fortunately, despite her mounting anxiety, Mango learns that not everyone is as mercurial as her ex-BFF. Izzy, an exuberant Mexican-American classmate and former preschool play date that she had lost touch with, is the first of many to show Mango what a true friendship based on honesty and trust can look like. From cast mates in the school play to mentors and parents, a diverse community surrounds Mango as she learns to believe in herself and others again. Even former enemies can turn out to be friends when one learns to be real. Though this book clearly helps fill the need for minority female leads, the universal themes it addresses give it broad appeal across ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds. A short and sweet story that will encourage deeper conversations around shame, honesty, and courage. (Fiction. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7Mango and her BFF Brooklyn have many things in common: they love to run, they are on the track team together, neither girl is allowed to have a cell phone until she turns 13, and they have a shared dislike for the mean and shallow "Cell-Belles," led by Hailey Joanne. This all changes in the span of a dayas middle school life is apt to dowhen Mango beats both Brooklyn and Hailey Joanne in a race and Brooklyn gets her cell phone before her 13th birthday. Brooklyn is immediately enfolded into the Cell-Belles, leaving Mango feeling a little left out. There is further drama when Mango intercepts a hurtful text Brooklyn has sent about Mango's mother, and she accidentally breaks Brooklyn's new phone. The rest of the story plays out in a rather predictable way: Mango must broaden her circle of friends and try new things. The writing is accessible without being trite, and Mango's inner struggle to be a better person is presented in an interesting and relatable fashion. VERDICT An appealing addition, featuring an African American protagonist, for all middle grade collections; hand to readers who enjoy friendship drama and gentle realism.Patricia Feriano, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Twelve-year-old Mango Delight Fuller upsets her BFF Brooklyn when she wins a race during their Girls on Track club meeting, and it all goes downhill from there. Brooklyn becomes both distant and mean, and while it might seem like this novel will be all about how their friendship is rebuilt and becomes stronger than ever, that would be incorrect. Instead, Brooklyn disappears from the story, and Mango discovers a new resilient side of herself independent of her sometimes-domineering friend, thanks in part to a role in the school play and some new friends, including popular Hailey Joanne, who used to bully Mango and Brooklyn. Along the way, Mango discovers that Hailey Joanne is nice, funny, and generous, but she's also insecure, and after some missteps, Mango is the one who needs to make things right. Hyman marries traditional tween elements with a fresh and original plot, and his multicultural cast sparkles with individuality and authenticity. Hailey Joanne is much more complex than she originally seems, and Hyman's supporting characters, both kids and adults, are vivid and dynamic. Mango is as delightful as her middle name indicates, and middle-grade readers will easily recognize their own experiences in her friendship struggles. This is Hyman's first novel; here's hoping it's not his last.
Word Count: 53,782
Reading Level: 5.4
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.4 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 192116 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 820L

"Mango is as delightful as her middle name indicates, and middle-grade readers will easily recognize their own experiences in her friendship struggles." -- Booklist (starred review) What happens when your BFF becomes your EFF . . . EX-Friend-Forever? When seventh-grader Mango Delight Fuller accidentally breaks her BFF Brooklyn's new cell phone, her life falls apart. She loses her friends and her spot on the track team, and even costs her father his job as a chef. But Brooklyn's planned revenge--sneakily signing up Mango to audition for the school musical--backfires when Mango not only wins the lead role, but becomes a YouTube sensation and attracts the attention of the school's queen bee, Hailey Jo. Hailey Jo is from a VERY wealthy family, and expects everyone to do her bidding. Soon Mango finds herself forced to make tough choices about the kind of friend she wants to have . . . and, just as important, the kind of friend she wants to be . *"Hyman marries traditional tween elements with a fresh and original plot, and his multicultural cast sparkles with individuality and authenticity. . . . Hyman's supporting characters, both kids and adults, are vivid and dynamic. Mango is as delightful as her middle name indicates, and middle-grade readers will easily recognize their own experiences in her friendship struggles. This is Hyman's first novel; here's hoping it's not his last." -- Booklist (Starred review) "[T]he characters . . . are deftly crafted, and their relationships play out in ways that carefully avoid cliché . . . . Mango's supportive family is also well drawn, particularly her comforting Jamaican immigrant father and her no-nonsense, former athlete African-American mom, who's a loving but demanding figure. Kids who'd settle for making it through middle school unscathed but still dream of shining in it will find a kindred spirit in Mango ." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


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