My Name is Mina

“I open the book and write the very first words: My name is Mina and I love the night. Then what shall I write? ... I’ll let my journal grow just like the mind does, just like a tree or a beast does, just like life does.”

And so Mina writes and writes in her notebook, and through her stories, thoughts, lessons and dreams, Mina’s journal and mind grow into something extraordinary. In this stunning prequel to his hypnotic Carnegie Medal winner, Skellig, master author David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael – before she has met Skellig.

“David Almond is a fine writer, one of the very finest we have. He is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence.” Michael Morpurgo

“David Almond’s novels all have a unique, mystical thread running through them. He weaves a story web, spiderlike, that holds the reader spellbound while he spins new thought-threads on universal themes.” Carousel

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  • okay

    This book is nothing like I have imagined. Mina is a very, and I mean VERY different girl. She doesn’t act like a real girl, I guess. For me, the book was boring.

    18 June 2015

  • a very mysterious and strange book

    9 March 2014

  • I found this book quite confusing. I thought the plot was bad.

    7 March 2014

  • loved it

    may favroite book in the wold i would read this book every day of the week for ever if i had time

    9 November 2013

  • this book is not what it seems it is one big metaphor, great.

    9 March 2013

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  • Awards

    David Almond has won many awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread (Costa) Prize for Skellig, the Nestle Smarties Prize for Kit’s Wilderness, and both the Nestle Smarties and Whitbread (Costa) prizes for The Fire Eaters. In 2010 He was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Prize for his contribution to children’s literature.

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