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My Name Is Mina (Skellig 0.5)

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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...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Ela
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...more
Dolores
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...more
Kaethe
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
Christina
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...more
Alison
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
Leslie
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...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
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.

We'll...more
MissStan
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.
Elizabeth
"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...more
Kay Hart
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...more
Caren
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
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...more
Anna
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...more
Nina Hernandez Taylor

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...more
Andrea Badgley
I read about this book on a writing blog - Live to Write, Write to Live (http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2013/07/10/...) - 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
Jenny
A prequel must be difficult to write: everything has to fit together and make sense. It's training your mind backwards, to the beginning rather than continuing what you've already written. David Almond's prequel is beautifully connected to Skellig and feels like a progression, not a backwards movement. There are no gaps in the story, no inconsistencies. I love the way the end of this book connects to the moment of Michael and Mina's meeting in Skellig. It's a great way to end the story, pretty m...more
Quigui

"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 wa...more
Clay

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...more
Anna
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
Nina L
This book is 2 stars because I didn't really like it.
This book is about a girl named Mina and her mom. Mina is crazy and she loves the dark. In this book you explore Mina's inner thoughts, poems, learn about her dead dad, and discover mystery.

Mina- Crazy, black hair, brave

Mom-Nice, good cook, creative

The dynamic charector is Mina because at the begining she hates people but at the end she learns to accept them.

My personal reactions were that I ws happy at the begining because it looked interesti...more
Beth
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
Zarrin
I found my name is Mina a bit tedious as it was very predictable, it wasn’t my usual genre type but it was interesting in some parts of the book when she didn’t go on about herself although this is her diary. Though it had a good storyline, it was quite dreary in some parts as the arrogance of Mina made we want to put the book down. However the layout of the book such as; the different hand writings, the beginning of chapters which were quite amusing and the colour backgrounds which were rather...more
Jo Bennie
In this brilliantly crafted book we immersed in the mind of Mina, the kooky girl who befriends Michael in Skellig and shares with him his discovery of the strange and wonderful fallen angel. My Name is Mina is Mina's diary and contains her thoughts about being a misfit, unable to fit in at school and eventually home schooled, coming to terms with the death of her father and the grief of her mother as well as herself, and her love of words. Deeply inspiring and hopeful that even in pain and loss...more
GraceAnne
I have been teaching Skellig in both my children's and YA literature classes for some years. Skellig is the book I often recommend to people who don't read children's literature and want a good one. I have read it many, many times, and find something new every time. It is a splendid, even glorious, book.

I was keenly looking forward to this, and I have to say I am disappointed. Mina's voice never came real to me, the way she was and is in Skellig. I didn't need her backstory or her motivation or...more
Yoo Kyung Sung


One of the best books i read lately!!! Love Almond's books!
Powerful book of smart Mina and her life that is mixed with power of language arts and agency around her writing, imagination, and knowledge. So much rich contexts about her sorroundingd: "misfits, Mr. Meyer's house, new neighbor, school, Sophie, loving mom, and the father who passed away when Mina was young. Mina has great lines that I want quote all the time.. Now I want to revisit Skellig that I read long time ago . British literatur...more
Janelle Kara
I read this book because everyone was raving about it especially one of my closet friends.
I thought this book was a bit confusing at times but overall was a really good book, I liked that it was from a little girls point of view (first person) and it was about her and what she liked to do and more like that.
I learnt from this book that its okay to be yourself and its good to be yourself.
My favourite setting is Mina's room because she is always describing what she can see outside and its really c...more
Alyssa
Do you like the night?
This nonfiction book is about a girl named Mina who loves the night. She loves the night because anything is possible at night. I like the night because the world is asleep and nobody can tell you what to do. At night Mina sees bats, cats, and owls.

This book is about a little girl named Mina who loves the night. She likes the night because anything you do at night is possible. The night is a perfect time to do whatever you want and anything you want. Mina feels that there...more
Olivia
Typically I avoid novels that fall under magical realism or contemporary, I find many of them to be a tad bit dull and all meshed together. My Name Is Mina is one of those books I found on the library shelf and was king of like, "hey, this looks interesting." I had yet to read a novel based in a journal format and after reading the first page I was intrigued by Mina and her world.

My Name Is Mind is about nine year old Mina, a girl who is a misfit and school. It revolves around her dreams, strug...more
Kateri
Let me just start this book commentary by saying what a WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL book this is! The book cover as well as the -- very vague -- blurb on the back cover describe Mina as a lover of the night, seemingly giving the book description a lot of emphasis on that one particular thing. However, though there are several wonderful scenes in which Mina explores the wonder and mystery of the night through her new journal, I sort of feel this book should say My Name is Mina and I love sitting in my b...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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