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My Name Is Mina (Skellig 0.5)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,839 Ratings  ·  425 Reviews
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.

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ebook, 272 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Katie Dobson Read My Name Is Mina first. Its better as Skellig, although written first, is more of a follow off from My Name Is Mina. Either way, I hope you love…moreRead My Name Is Mina first. Its better as Skellig, although written first, is more of a follow off from My Name Is Mina. Either way, I hope you love the book!!(less)
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Bookworm Sean
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 o
Whitney Atkinson
Feb 04, 2015 Whitney Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, witty writing. Just wish it wasn't a prequel 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.
Jan 29, 2014 Ela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ela by: Anna
I had to give this a five! Though I thought the first half was a solid three the second half blew me away.
May 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 wel
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
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 wh ...more
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 Almond.

I’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
The prequel 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 more 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 ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Although I didn't find this book as good as Skellig/i> was, My Name is Mina is still creative, mysterious and eerie, following the life of a peculiar little girl in her diaries.
Francisco Gama
Oct 28, 2015 Francisco Gama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leérlo junto con mis alumnos es un placer, ver que se interesaron en la lectura por este libro me llena de satisfacción.
Aunque Mina les de unas ideas un poco locas, pero se puede remediar con la desrarificación.
Apr 02, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, to-reread
Read this book.

(I was going to leave my so-called review at that, but in truth, there are quite a number of people who won't like this book at all and therefore should not read it. So I decided to expand on my statement a little more. As a disclaimer, I had previously never heard of Skellig beyond seeing the title in a few lists and have no previous exposure to the character Mina nor the author.)

Read this book if:
1. you don't mind making allowances for journal-style writing that includes enthus
The Book Queen
Much better than Skelling itself, but still not great. I will say though, if you want a break from the usual boy-crazy, stupid YA heroine, read this. Mina is no Nora Grey; she's intelligent, perceptive, sensitive, vulnerable, even a little bit crazy... in short, a genuinely likeable and interesting main character.
Karla Torres
Feb 20, 2016 Karla Torres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo terminé hace unos días, pero GRACIAS UNIVERSIDAD, no había tenido tiempo de actualizar esto. Me tardé muchísimo en leerlo por falta de tiempo, amé este libro, en otras circunstancias lo habría terminado en dos días.

Por otro lado, me alegro de haber leído éste libro en pausas, este libro me hizo pensar muchas muchas cosas, tiene reflexiones, frases, y palabras maravillosas.

Es un libro y una historia (o historias) preciosas. Mina (nuestra protagonista) nos escribe sus anécdotas, sus intereses
"Hello, my name is Mina."

Mina is a girl who has different perspectives and approaches to life. She does not fit in well at her school, and her teachers find her to be a difficulty. Her writing is never up to their standards, not only because it is not the style of writing they want, but because it addresses creativity that the school tries to suppress. In Mina's attempt to battle the school and the loss of her father, she relies on her notebook and tree to keep her grounded to reality. Now Mina
My absolute favourite book of all time without a shadow of a doubt. Also my favourite children's character. I read Skellig when it was published and Mina just stayed with me from then as a character I just could not forget. She is just so smart, funny, unique and amazing. When this was shortlisted for the Carnegie I was absolutely overjoyed and read it in one sitting. David Almond just embellished on her characteristics from Skellig and absolutely made sure you got inside her head and personalit ...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I read Skellig when I was at school and I enjoyed it, but I didn't totally love it. The story did stay with me though and so I thought I'd give this a try - I'm really glad that I did. Mina is such a wonderful, interesting and quite a complex character. Almond's writing is almost lyrical in this book and it does feel very different to Skellig. Mina is unique as are her thoughts - she has a very intriguing look on the world and her way of expressing things in writing is interesting too. I haven't ...more
Patti Digh
Aug 26, 2013 Patti Digh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this aloud to Tess at bedtime. Earlier we read Skellig by David Almond, and this is the prequel to that.

Now finished reading it to Tess - we both enjoyed it. Tess is drawn to characters who, in some way, remind her of herself. I think she loves hearing these stories and figuring things out about life in the process. I do too. I love her questions and her contentedness as I read. And when I believe she might have drifted off, but she surprises with at a funny part with a big laugh.

Ashley Ramos
Nov 30, 2015 Ashley Ramos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 31, 2012 MissStan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the style of this book. A really quick read and Mina is a great character. I read Skellig first and I think I prefer this prequel.
Jul 18, 2016 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was not very enjoyable to read, but it had some amazing golden lines:

"Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?"

"Writing will be like a journey, every word a footstep that leads me further into an undiscovered land."

"And I think that the only possible angels might be us."

"But sad's all right. Sad's just part of everything."

"He told her he had a secret that hardly anybody knew. He'd written a novel and he was trying to get it published. He said how scary it was, like he was expo
Ahmad Sharabiani
My name is Mina (Skellig, #0.5), 2011, David Almond (1951)
عنوان: اسم من میناست؛ نویسنده: دیوید آلموند؛ مترجم: مریم رفیعی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، ایرانبان،چاپ اول 1391، چاپ دوم 1392، در 371 ص، اندازه 5/14 در 5/19 س.م، شابک: 9786001880629، عنوان روی جلد : اسم من میناست و عاشق شبم؛ وقتی شبها دنیا تو خوابه، همه چیز ممکن میشه. موضوع : داستانهای کودکان انگلیسی -- قرن 21 م

فرهاد بهمنشیر: اسم من میناست و عاشق شبم. من دفتری دارم که میتوانم توی آن هرچه که دلم میخواهد بنویسم، از هرچه که میبینم، میشنوم و حس میکن
Kay Hart
May 30, 2011 Kay Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of David Almond's writing for children/young adults. He has such a gift for creating interesting stories with elements of magic realism that explore children who don't quite fit in with society's expectations. He makes their take on the world seem so very much more imaginative than the average.

I first came across the character of Mina when reading Skellig and thus when this book was on display at my local library I just had to borrow it. I have not been disappointed and really enjoye
Apr 22, 2012 Caren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
A prequel to Mr. Almond's award-winning "Skellig", this book is shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal and I think it will certainly give the other entries a run for their money. In fact, the list seems to have some very strong contenders this year, so it should be interesting to see which book is chosen. This book I found to be achingly beautiful. Mina's father has passed away and she is working through her sense of loss, but she is so fortunate to have a close relationship with a very compas ...more
Sam Piper
Mar 29, 2012 Sam Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished My Name Is Mina. Good book, interesting but I don't think it's a winner. It tells the story of Mina from Skellig, essentially recording her thoughts in a journal over the winter / spring before she met Michael. I have a memory of her being quite mysterious and enigmatically in Skellig and was looking forward to hearing her voice.

I have mixed feelings about it: it doesn't feel to me like it is a prequel, more of an extended prologue to Skellig. There was something powerful in her d
Apr 29, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The basic narrative is that Mina, a quirky homeschooled girl, writes a journal exploring the world and her place in it: the book ends on her first meeting with Michael from Skellig.

For me so far, this should be the Carnegie winner in 2012. I've still to read Everbody Jam and Small Change for Stewart, but this book so far is in a different league to the others (yes even Patrick Ness this year). David Almond's writing is simply beautiful. I had to re-read Skellig as my memory of it was hazy. The b
Nina Hernandez Taylor
Jan 30, 2012 Nina Hernandez Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books

My Name is Mina by David Almond is a prequel to his book, Skellig. It is an unusual book because Mina is an unusual girl. This book is a bit like a stream of consciousness look into Mina's mind. She is very creative and has an "out-of-the-box" way of looking at things. I found it very interesting to look through "her eyes." For instance, her class was supposed to write a story and they were expected to start by writing a plan. Mina wrote her plan, "[b]ut of course when I started to write, the st
Andrea Badgley
Jul 19, 2013 Andrea Badgley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read about this book on a writing blog - Live to Write, Write to Live ( - and picked it up after reading it described as "a slow and quiet story that hardly seems to be a story at all." That is a perfectly apt description of this book, and I wanted to read it because that is the type of writing that I do. To see a book not only published, but praised for this quietness, when this lack of story is what I always feel is my greatest weakness as a writer, w ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Quigui rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"My name is Mina and I love the night. Anything seems possible at night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep. It’s dark and silent in the house, but if I listen close, I hear the beat beat beat of my heart. I hear the creak and crack of the house. I hear my mum breathing gently in her sleep in the room next door."

So starts this book. I vaguely remembered Mina from Skellig – she was this strange girl who quoted William Blake and was home schooled. The basic reason to getting this book w

Easily the most joyous book of the year, "My Name Is Mina", is a prequel of sorts to "Skellig" by master British writer David Almond. But where "Skellig" was brilliant but darker and more mysterious, "My Name Is Mina" is brilliant but full of joy and laughter and light.

Mina McKee's father has died and she lives alone with her mother. She writes beautiful nonsense on her school tests, her mates think she's cracked, and her teachers declare her a "disgrace" and unteachable, but readers of Mina's
Apr 26, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't rate this book with any clarity, so I will leave it under 'read' for a while. I will have to read it a few more times before I'll even consider stars. It seems beyond star-dom. Not in a bad way. I wish I'd read it when I was much much younger and was having those Mina thoughts myself. I would have felt less alone, perhaps. A lot of it made me smile with recognition. Reading it as an adult, I found myself impatient at times, wanting a 'story'. Then it made me question my need for camera, ...more
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David Almond is a British children's writer who has penned several novels, each one to critical acclaim. He was born and raised in Felling and Newcastle in post-industrial North East England and educated at the University of East Anglia. When he was young, he found his love of writing when some short stories of his were published in a local magazine. He started out as an author of adult fiction be ...more
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“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 sing.” 46 likes
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