A VOYA Top-Shelf selection, Wendy Mass’ poignant yet funny coming-of-age novel also received the ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award. When 13-year old Mia finally reveals a closely-guarded secret, it soon echoes throughout her school. She was born with synesthesia, a neurological cross-wiring that lets her see sounds, taste shapes, and smell colors. To Mia the letter a glows with faded sunflower-yellow, screeching chalk sizzles with jagged red sparks, and her cat’s voice puffs with orange-mango haze. But how can Mia “the alien” find acceptance and self-worth?