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“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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  • 320 pages



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  1. Katherine, Scholastic Staff
    on 3 March 2011

    Amazing and intriguing

    I was so pleased when I heard that David Almond was writing a book about Mina from his novel Skellig – she’s such an amazing and intriguing character. The book is beautifully written and Mina is unlike any other literary character, she has such an unusual outlook and sees the beauty in everything. Now one of my favourite books!

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  1. tigerlover21
    on 18 June 2015

    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.

    3out of 5
  2. hawk12
    on 9 March 2014

    a very mysterious and strange book

  3. bookaholic202
    on 7 March 2014

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

  4. homhom13579
    on 9 November 2013

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

    5out of 5
  5. Nashdasher
    on 9 March 2013

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

  6. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    Nothing special about this book nothing reallynstood out for me basicalynits about a girl called mina and her life

  7. mimi0302
    on 8 March 2012

    I haven’t finished this book yet but so far i think it is really good i am really enjoying it so far it is one of the best books ever! i cant wait to read on!

    4out of 5
  8. indigobeam
    on 1 March 2012

    My Name Is Mina is a book full of hidden meanings. It is almost as though every page is a metaphor, I enjoyed parts, but found others boring and un-exciting. The font also bothered me, it was hard to read and distracting. This is not my top choice of book.

  9. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 23 February 2012

    My Name is Mina is a great book, I thoroughly enjoyed Mina`s view on life. As most people may know, My Name is Mina is the prequel of Skellig, another great book!

    Through Mina`s journal we discover her thought and views on life, she writes poems and stories, and how she become home schooled, and what she discovered in an old house!

    I rate this book 10/10, I liked the clutter of William Blake poems and quotes, other poems and loads of stories and views on life from Mina`s point of view. I definetly reccomend this book to Skellig fans!

    Ben, age 11

  10. SomeGirl
    on 11 October 2011

    This book is okay. It’s worth the read, but it’s nothing special.

    3out of 5
  11. lotus-flower
    on 17 September 2011

    it was a really good book as all david almond books but it should have had more about when she met michael.

    5out of 5
  12. olivia-h99
    on 8 November 2010

    this book is fantastic it carries suspense and breathtaking words you have to start reading this fab book

    4out of 5
  13. IamfromFinland
    on 19 October 2010

    I´m reading it and I love it! I´m in the beginning and I say, or write, that it is a wonderful book. I haven´t read any other David Almonds books, but probably I will.

  14. swifty13
    on 19 September 2010

    This is a brilliant book. I couldn’t stop reading it! You should try reading it too, I’m sure you’d enjoy it!

    5out of 5