Synopsis from Edelweiss:
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.
About: Mango Delight is a juvenile fiction written by Fracaswell Hyman. It was recently published on 6/6/17 by Sterling Children’s Books, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, 224 pages. The genres are juvenile fiction, middle grade, and social themes. This book is intended for readers ages 9 to 13. This book is the author’s first middle grade novel. According to the publisher’s website, “Sterling Publishing is an innovative and forward-thinking publishing company committed to creating books that educate, inspire, and entertain.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.
My Experience: I started reading Mango Delight on 6/23/17 and finished it on 6/29/17. This book is a fantastic read! I love the author’s ways with words. There’s attitude, humor, spunk, to the point, and modern all twisted together. I love the author’s writing style. The plot and characters are perfect. If time was on my side, I would have read this book nonstop!
“Remember, my sweet Mango, sometimes when it seems things are falling apart, they are really just falling into place.” p38
In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Mango Delight Fuller aka Mango, a twelve year old middle school student who is outcast by her peers because she doesn’t have a cell phone. Life without a cell phone is less torturous when she has her best friend Brooklyn Minelli to have fun with. They have their cool handshakes, Girl On Track after school program to run together, and both are obsess with Beyoncé. When Mango won the 400 meter sprint, Brooklyn became distant and got herself a new cell phone and involve herself with the popular crowd called Cell-belles. Brooklyn became the Queen of Mean with her texts about Mango’s family to the Cell-belles and even trap Mango to perform onstage knowing Mango has stage fright. Turns out Mango surprised everyone with her awestruck performance. A popular girl in school, Hailey Joanne suddenly become Best Friends By Default with Mango because she posted a video of Mango’s performance on YouTube where it got hundreds of views. Mango has to figure out how to deal with new friendships when she had last trusted a friend and how hurt she got in the end.
“When we get home, we can go through this newspaper together, read all about the troubles in the world, and compare them to yours. How do you think you’ll measure up?” p191
This book is very well written! I love it! I love Mango’s family, especially her dad. He has such wise advices. I love following Mango’s train of thoughts. She is a good role model to other middle grade students. I love those obscure facts from TJ. Izzy is a great friend. I like the hashtags and the modern take to this book. It’s thought provoking as a parent to think about how cell phone is running all of our lives. It’s a tough decision to make whether how young a kid should have a cell phone. This book has me laughing and crying. It’s a total package and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: friendship, family dynamic, humor, fast paced, page turner, diversity, identity
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Fracaswell “Cas” Hyman is an award-winning television writer (Humanitas Prize, Alma Award, Peabody award) and screenwriter (UCLA Extension Best Screenplay winner.) He is also a playwright, theater and television director, and producer who has created and executive produced successful live-action (The Famous Jett Jackson, Romeo, Taina) and animated (Little Bill) television series for Disney and Nickelodeon. Cas lives in NC, and Mango Delight is his first novel. You can connect with Cas on Twitter @fracaswellhyman. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: I won this book in a Twitter giveaway and my opinions are honest.