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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 It's hard isn't it?' 'What?' 'Trying to discover how to be yourself What a cute preuel this was Narrated by Mina the young girl we meet in Skellig We get an insight into her home and school life; how most of the other kids think she is weird and strange She spends most of her time in her tree in her front gardenThe writing style is unlike anything I've read before set out like her diary with loads of random pages bold font capitals exactly how you'd expect the mind of a child to play outA really uick read I loved Mina and really felt for her 35 stars

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My Name Is Mina

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Life love and the mysteries that surround usMina 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 freeA b Beautiful witty writing Just wish it wasn't a preuel to another book because I'm most likely not going to read that one and this ending wasn't very solid I loved Mina's thoughtfulness throughout this and it definitely made me think


10 thoughts on “My Name Is Mina

  1. says:

    It's hard isn't it?' 'What?' 'Trying to discover how to be yourself What a cute preuel this was Narrated by Mina the young girl we meet in Skellig We get an insight into her home and school life; how most of the other kids think she is weird and strange She spends most of her time in her tree in her front gardenThe writing style is unlike anything I've read before set out like her diary with loads of random pages bold font capitals exactly how you'd expect the mind of a child to play outA really uick read I loved Mina and really felt for her 35 stars


  2. says:

    I had to give this a five Though I thought the first half was a solid three the second half blew me awayMay I say now if you are currently thinking of reading 'My name is Mina' without reading 'Skellig' I would strongly recommend against it While 'My name is Mina' would work as a stand alone book I think it adds another level to it having read 'Skellig' and to read 'Skellig' after reading 'My name is Mina' would destroy some of the mystery that is key to 'Skellig'I found the first half well written but slightly pointless I don't really like books written in diary form and I couldn't really get very attached to Mina However pretty much exactly at the half way point I found myself having to force the book shut The writing was gorgeous the relationships between the characters were fabulous and I fell in love with Mina barmy sensitive vulnerable Mina I particulaly loved the relationship between the protagonist and her mum although part of that may be me being slightly sentimental as it reminded me of a picture book called the Big Big Sea that I used to read with my mum when I was little Additonally it's simply facinating to learn the story behind Micheal and Mina's first meeting in 'Skellig'David Almond has created a story in which nothing much happens but it's about so much It's the kind of story that makes you want to grab your favourite person in the world and start dancing under the starlight Uterlly inspirational breathtaking and beautiful; a story about growing up and finding out who you are; it is in my opinion even better than 'Skellig' Also may I just thank you Mr Almond as having just read several books with disappointing endings I had almost given up on them this book proves to me that amazing endings are still out thereAs a added bonus it has also restored my faith in the CILIP Carnegie award and is my current favourite to win this yearEdit Sadly it didn't win the 2012 Carnegie awards it was beaten by A Monster Calls so well done to Patrick Ness for winning two years in a row


  3. says:

    A frustrating journal but an interesting character It pains me to give this such a low rating because I have very mixed feeling about it I appreciate the idea behind it but it is not very enjoyable to read This is not a novel or a straightforward narrative but a journal of a young girl called Mina She is a character in Skellig which is a book I really enjoyed This is her journal prior to the events of Skellig and it feels completely and utterly unnecessary Mina is a complete outcast of society because she views the world in a different way to most people; she has filled her head with the poetry of William Blake She longs to be completely free but as a result comes across as little crazy I do think in a way Mina is wise beyond her years She has a better head on her shoulders than most adults She has convinced herself that there is no heaven; thus the Earth must be treated as a heaven or life isn’t worth living She has a positive proactive attitude and makes the most of every situation and everyone This is all very good but her journal just isn’t that interesting to read Too realistic I feel like I shouldn’t be reading it It comes across as something very private and contains the inner most ramblings of her character Don’t get me wrong David Almond has written the journal very well but it terms of the readability of it it is just very poor It is repetitive and random There is no real story arc in it just a load of random stuff that barely connects I would rather have read a simple straightforward narrative of the events that happened to the character prior to the events of Skellig The journal does reflect the character but I just found it so tedious to read Mina is an interesting character and her journal is full of bright ideas Almond has captured the voice of a child superbly but the end result is utterly mundane There are so many times you can read an overly enthusiastic journal entry and find it remotely entertaining This is packed full of unnecessary anecdotes and tangents that literally just pack this thing out far too much I regret purchasing this because I feel like I have no new insight into her character I strongly recommend avoiding this and reading one of Almond’s full novels instead This is because they are really good works of children’s literature This however is very basic and not worth the time This is not Almond’s finest hour


  4. says:

    Beautiful witty writing Just wish it wasn't a preuel to another book because I'm most likely not going to read that one and this ending wasn't very solid I loved Mina's thoughtfulness throughout this and it definitely made me think


  5. says:

    The preuel and companion to the extraordinary Skellig this is told in Mina's own distinctive voice Textually it is glorious using a range of fonts with some pages blank some white on black and sometimes Mina tells her story in the third person to distance herself from difficult memories I found the story profoundly affecting sometimes to the point of tears and sometimes laughing aloud and it is a book that teachers should all read as a warning to how our results fixated education culture can limit and stifle when we most intend it to stretch and challenge12 year old Mina the imaginative girl who lives over the road from Michael in Skellig is home schooled after a series of unfortunate incidents in her middle school bullying an unsympathetic teacher although she admits she exaggerates Mrs Sculley deliberate sabotage of her SATs writing test and is grieving for the loss of her father This is an exciting book and a testimony to David Almond's glorious writing as this is mostly Mina sharing her feelings thoughts plays on words and poems apart from Mina leaving school spending a day in a Pupil Referral Unit and meeting Michael for the first time very little action occurs But it is so beautifully written and Mina is such a vivid character this doesn't matter Gorgeous and highly recommended as a guided reading book for high ability Y5 upwards It would lead to some amazing diary and poetry writing


  6. says:

    Extraordinary Fact All the exclamation points currently in existence in the English language actually APPEAR in this book COMPLETELY TRUE SOOOOO annoying I have not read Skellig I did not already know Mina; I did not already have an emotional investment in her when I opened this book I did not find her innermost thoughts to be wonderful and delightful Mostly I found them boring and annoying and impossibly young I think that if this book had started differently I would have enjoyed it The parts of the book where she just outright shared information with us I really enjoyed I loved hearing her story I loved getting to KNOW her I could not have cared less about hearing her thoughts on birds or pee or sentence structure If the book had begun with her story I may have cared a bit about her thoughts because I would have known her a bit ; I would have felt a connection to her Or maybe if I'd read Skellig


  7. says:

    Do you ever have the urge to write an author and transcriptionally hug and kiss them because of your profound gratitude for their having been born and having written this one particular book? I usually hug the book instead And I’ve been hugging My Name is Mina the past few days I should really write those living authors I should write to David AlmondI’d heard of My Name is Mina in passing I think it was in a manner of whispers from the “Lucky Day” shelf in Juvenile Fiction at the Library I picked it up the other day I’m familiar with David Almond should be good On the cover in small print ”One of the best novels of the last decade” Nick Hornby I flipped open the cover and readMina 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 that her imagination is set freeA 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 dreamsAward winning author David Almond re introduces 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 –inside jacket copyI flipped pages and noted the unusual form I balanced it on top of my seven volumes of Pluto I was taking this book home to Natalya whom instantly came to mind She and Mina would be friends minus the tree part Well maybe Mina could have talked her into climbing one To be perfectly candid I would linger in hopes of an invitation myselfThen what shall I write? I can’t just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infinitum I’ll let my journal grow just like the mind does just like a tree or a beast does just like life does Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?Words should wander and meander They should fly like owls and flicker like bats and slip like cats They should murmur and scream and dance and singSometimes there should be no words at allJust silenceJust clean white spaceSome pages will be like a sky with a single bird in it some will be like a sky with a swirling swarm of starlings in it My sentences will be a clutch a collection a pattern a swarm a shoal a mosaic They will be a circus a menagerie a tree a nest Because my mind is not in order My mind is not straight lines My mind is a clutter and a mess It is my mind but it is also very like other minds And like all minds like every mind that there has ever been and every mind that there will ever be it is a place of wonder 11 12 though technically 3 4I could stop here couldn’t I But I won’tI had hopes with the first entry title page Moonlight Wonder Flies Nonsense I found poetry upon the first page of written words and I uickly found love within a short succession of pages; 4 and 5 and 6 pages in pages 12 14 “I was told by my teacher Mrs Scullery that I should not write anything until I had planned what I would write What nonsense I did want to be what they called a good girl so I did try” There are people who say they want to be a Writer and there are people who say that they are And I’m not mistaking Published Author for Writer and neither should you My Name is Mina is for Writers for Artists Anyone and for BirdwatchersI think people will want to give this book to youth they find “special” And it is true that Mina is gifted and unusual I think mostly due to her courageousness You get that her mother is a profound influence a mentor and guide; she herself is a Creative thinker If for no other reason buy this for the sake of its portrayal of a loving truly nurturing mother “Raise your child in the way they should go” comes to mind Anyway I think people should want to give this book to any young person It is true that many people like Mina feel alone in their wondering and meandering and musing about themselves and the world; but the book does not impart a sense of “specialness” upon Mina outside of realizing a very rich character It would assume every young person has at the very most an inner life a distinction and a loneliness My evidence?Now I’m not going to say the book assumes absolute familiarity Mina’s mind would be her own 11 but she will not be wholly unfamiliar on some intimate level at least I desperately hope not Better Mina would challenge the reader to nurture their creativity their wondering minds If like Mina you’re not going to have it nurtured in a school setting or special programs or unlike her at home be determined and a bit desperate and brave and find yourself an empty journal to meander your way throughMy Name is Mina has these fantastic “Extraordinary Activities” throughout They are connected to her stories and contemplations where they are exampled but they are meant to engage the reader the creative “Go to the loo Flush your pee away Consider where it will go to and what it will become” 124 “Joyous Version Write a page of words for joy or Sad Version Write a page of words for sadness” 133 N did this one pausing her reading to do so “Write a poem that repeats a word and repeats a word and repeats a word and repeats a word until it almost loses its meaning It can be useful to choose a word that you don’t like or that scares or disturbs you” 97 N’s present essay project on present future past tenses yep the concrete poem Mina wrote on page 89 and followingMina is funny and serious and vulnerable and strong and restless and still and shy and friendly and outrageous and poignant and I found her a beautiful character with which to become acuainted Rather importantly she is not charmingly uirky or a cute puppy to indulge and smile over She is deadly ridiculousIf you’ve read David Almonds 1998 debut novel and awards winning Skellig you’ve met Mina While you needn’t have read Skellig to enjoy My Name is Mina My Name is Mina is cited as a preuel You meet Mina from before Michael in Skellig moves onto her street She sees him occasionally observes but there is a time before she finally introduces herself to him Those familiar with Skellig will note references people and remember Mina Those unfamiliar will not feel cheated nor will they encounter any frustrating sense of inevitability like stories often written with another story in mind You know those that are written to offer backstory Mina isn’t a backstory She is her own storyWhen Mina writes that “the journal will grow just like the mind does” the book does take on this characteristic She doesn’t date entries but uses creative summarative titles She’ll allude to an ending and then move back and forth before she reaches it “Afterwards Mina tried to think of ways to tell the tale Then she thought that maybe it’d be best to write it down which is what she did” 58 She intentionally avoids stories until she feels ready to share them still distancing herself from their discomfort; she’ll switch from 1st to 3rd person for similar reasons ”Extraordinary Activity third person version Write a story about yourself as if you’re writing about somebody else first person version Write a story about somebody else as if you’re writing about yourself” 59 Some of the world about her is captured obliuely what we learn of her mother’s is created thus The book is a journal of Mina’s keeping after all her preoccupations her confessions her stories her own dramatic effects She yells she cries she records poems and blank pages Mina’s mind may be a mess as she puts it but the book is by no means jumbled into indecipherability It doesn’t even feel unnatural It doesn’t even exhaust the reader with cleverness–maybe because its less “clever” and normal Mina resists conforming and I’m glad for itMy Name is Mina culminates into an ending that isn’t remotely forced or even inevitable for that matter We have points we are alerted to look for progressions we would see through and then it slips into another story Skellig I was compelled to turn pages by my desire to spend time with Mina and the world she inhabits in her mind’s eye; to explore ideas of creation and death and life and belonging and cages and nonsense and story; to have fun and be brave and engage in healthy doses of nonsense and sorrow and long walksThank you David Almond for your gift to the world to my daughter and to me Thank you for introducing us to Mina——————————————— recommendationages 10up human or beast lovers of humor occasional irreverence poetry you can understand adventure birds nonsense absolute sense For those who’ve experienced a loss a found an inuisitive mind an understanding adult an eually strange friend the principal’s officeBart’s Bookshelf did a really excellent and short review which I just found Check it outL omphaloskepsishttpcontemplatrixwordpresscom20


  8. says:

    This is going on my Autism shelf even though it's never explicitly stated that Mina has autism It fits Anyway Mina's having a rough time Her father died not long ago and school which had always been somewhat challenging for her became much worse She didn't fit it with her peers and she didn't get along at all with her teacher So right now she's being homeschooled by her mother and she's getting to spend a lot of time sitting in her favorite tree and watching the house on the street where the neighbor recently died as it is put up for sale Mina thinks a lotThere's a bit of magical realism don't ask I've already forgotten But mostly this is just the straightforward diary of a non typical 9 year old girl going through a difficult time One can enjoy it is a preuel to Skellig but it works very well as a standaloneLibrary copy


  9. says:

    35 stars


  10. says:

    Brilliant I loved Skellig and I loved this I absolutely adore David Almond's stories and how his character think wander and discover It's peaceful at times and deep at others and I believe everyone needs to read at least one of his books p


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