My Name Is Mina

My Name Is Mina

by David Almond


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Award-winning author David Almond reintroduces readers to the perceptive, sensitive Mina before the events of Skellig in this lyrical and fantastical work. My Name is Mina is not only a pleasure to read, it is an intimate and enlightening look at a character whose open mind and heart have much to teach us about life, love, and the mysteries that surround us.

Mina loves the night. While everyone else is in a deep slumber, she gazes out the window, witness to the moon's silvery light. In the stillness, she can even hear her own heart beating. This is when Mina feels that anything is possible and her imagination is set free.

A blank notebook lies on the table. It has been there for what seems like forever. Mina has proclaimed in the past that she will use it as a journal, and one night, at last, she begins to do just that. As she writes, Mina makes discoveries both trivial and profound about herself and her world, her thoughts and her dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375873270
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 377,110
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

DAVID ALMOND grew up in a large family in northeastern England and says, "The place and the people have given me many of my stories." His first novel for children, Skellig, was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book and appeared on many best book of the year lists. His second novel, Kit's Wilderness, won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

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My Name Is Mina 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Carla I meant my actual name. Go to Sever tenth result."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave up on this book! I couldn't stand to read any more. I would reccomend not reading it. Of course, YOU might like it. It was jusy my opinion.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some books you read for the fast and suspenseful plot, some because of the side-splitting humor, then there are books like these where the beauty of the language makes you stop and savor every word. You want to read sections over and over because of the melody they create, the pictures they form, or the feelings they conjur. You want to read passages aloud so that you can roll the words along your tongue. My only disappointment was the ending. I know this is the prequel to Skellig, but the ending left me flat. But the journey to that ending was worth every word.
horomnizon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up Skellig by Almond a couple weeks ago when I read about this book coming out. I knew it was a prequel, but could get my hands on Skellig quicker, so I read that first and quite enjoyed it. Then this one came up in my hold queue and I really can't say the same about it. I really wanted to stop, but pushed through it, after all, it's a book for kids, so it wasn't a difficult read.Yes, Mina is an interesting character in Skellig...and maybe worth having a book of her own. However, it felt like Almond made note of everything she did in Skellig and then tried to create a backstory that would 'explain away' why she did/said those things. Perhaps if I'd read this one first, then Skellig would have acted as an expansion on her character, but this just felt too forced and it was boring...she did pretty much what I would expect of her from Skellig. There really wasn't any exciting adventure or story. It's written as if it's her journal - poems, stories, etc. Much of it doesn't sound like a kid - even a unique/intelligent kid like Mina. So, I'd say read Skellig....skip this. Or, read this first and then Skellig...maybe that will work better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Put m in it as gavin Highschool romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every week I will post a few chapters. You can make up a character for yourself, post advice, or something you think I should include. Please mention your name. For starters, what should my book be about?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this book when i was younger and it was verry good  good story good characters and eventually lost the book at some point so i got for the nook and im glad i did id  recommend this book for anyone to read 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My FAVORITE book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that you people thst dont like the book should shut up this book is AMAZING i love this book because it is random and random is good!!!! READ IT!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had amazing detail and it made you want to keep reading!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a horrible book. I gave up on it and I don'tgive up on books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much. For those of you who have read House On Mango Street this book is something like that. A girl cut off from society who just wants a friend.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
This prequel to Skellig is a difficult book for me to judge. Who is the intended audience? Preteens? Mina is a young girl whose father has died and after difficulties at school, is being homeschooled by her mother. She is a free spirit who has a favorite tree which she climbs to watch the world and write in her journal. She is inquisitive, a young girl who asks questions about the world which seem a bit out of place coming from someone so young. She is a dreamer, thoughtful and kind. This was a book I just didn't get. Perhaps if I'd read Skellig prior to this book, Mina's story would make more sense. I see it as a good teacher reference for writing activities but don't think it would be a book checked out much in my library. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, i got it from the library and i just had to get on my nook. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out from my school library, and it is one of the best books I have ever read! It has lots of personality. Mina, the main character, is easy to relate to. The book makes you think about many things. It makes you wonder about some opinions you have, but one thing you won't wonder about is why you're reading this book! A must-read for anyone!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know about you guys but i thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me think about things i havent thought of before and made me question myself and left me wondering . After reading this book i looked at the world from a completely different prospective. I loved this book and thought it was well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well my libariran showed me the book today bout i took another book out so I am going to read it, but it looks intresting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah i read the sample it looks AWOUSOME COOL
Diane Kramer Pavelich More than 1 year ago
Looks good has anyone read this book