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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Two 13-year-old girls become reluctant heroes, and along the way discover the real meaning of kindness, family, friendship, and hope in this must-read middle-grade thriller.

4 reasons Minno belongs on your child's summer reading list:

★ Minno is fun, with quirky characters and non-stop fantasy action adventure.

★ Minno is packed with humor, which is at times, laugh-o
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published September 21st 2012 by BAK Books (first published November 2nd 2010)
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In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Whenever I enter a giveaway it normally falls into one of three categories, a giveaway that I REALLY want to win, and in the morning of when the giveaway ends, I rush on to Goodreads to see if I won it. Or it might be a giveaway that I would quite like to win, but I don’t go crazy trying to find out if I won. Or a giveaway I am not sure about but enter anyway. This book was in the third category, as it turned out I am glad I won this boo
Jaime K
I won this in a goodreads giveaway mainly because it said it was like Indiana Jones for children. Boy, was that review wrong.

Minno is a young teen who believes her parents are dead. She lives with her grandfather who tells magic stories. They move often and she's made fun of for her name and eyes.

So she turns into a complete hypocrite and shuns geeks and calls bullies fat. Yeah that's how people end friendless. I actually don't like her.

She meets Hailey who is mute. She becomes annoying but unde
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Booksprout.Co. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Minno is a 13-year-old girl who is being raised by her grandfather after the death of her parents. When the story begins Minno is starting a new school year in a new school when she makes a friend name Hailey. The two new friends have a sleepover to celebrate their new friendship, but when it takes an unexpected turn, they find out Minno's parents are
Amie's Book Reviews
MINNO by James Barlog.

I won an advance paperback copy of "Minno" from the Goodreads giveaway program.

Minno is a thirteen year old girl. Being thirteen and the new kid at school isn't fun, but Minno knows she has no choice but to try to blend in. She meets a mute girl the same age as herself on her first day of school and they quickly become friends.

Minno and Hailey are whisked into a magical world they know very little about. However, Minno had always been told her parents were dead, now she kno
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is too cute it’s just so good 😊 very good
Janet Henson
Exactly when does this book get funny?

I purchased Minno 1 & 2 based on the description: "A laugh out loud , funny, magical adventure." I am on page 2 13 and it hasn't even made me smile. Since book 1 is only 258 pages, you see my cause for concern!

The book is not all that bad...just a tad boring. But 'funny', 'zany', 'madcap'? I refer back to my original question: When?
Note: The author must be furious to have his work so grossly misrepresented. I would be.
Courtney Pate
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a fast paced middle grade about a 13 year old girl and her friend traveling to another land to save her parents. A lot happened very quickly, and at times I couldn't keep up. I kept getting confused. The ending seemed to drag. I was just ready for it to be over. Unfortunately I cannot recommend. ...more
Pat Eroh
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great adventure that takes two little girls (they hate to be called that) into a magical land with strange creatures and a very bad man. I loved every page of this story. Lots of humor and some scary moments, but not too much for a young person to enjoy.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Teri Ruscak
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
J.M. Barlog
Minno and her best friend Hailey embark on a quest to save her parents, and to find out who she really is.
A great book for middle graders and those young at heart.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Christine Koehne
I received this book for free through the Goodreads First reads giveaway. That in no way affects the honesty of my review.

This story, though not to my liking, may be favored by girls of the age 10-15, if they are the sort that like "girl" adventures. It is not similar to Indiana Jones. Adventure, magical creatures, and a new land accessible by a portal.

Minno, short for Minnovera, is living with her grandfather. Minno is thirteen. She goes to a new school and is instantly viewed as an outcast. Sh
"Interesting Middle Grade read"
What did you like best about Minno? What did you like least?
It is a really creative tale with plenty of intriguing turns. There are issues with the way Minno acts at times. But it is very true to a child her age in her situation. In the end she learns her lessons.

Would you recommend Minno to your friends? Why or why not?
I would definitely recommend this book to middle grade readers. It was great for kids in a tough place and helping them deal with all those feeling
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I got this book on a Giveaway. I handed it to my daughter. She liked the book a lot and ended up using the book for a school project. She created a board game from the book for her English class and the class is playing it today.

The book is very imaginative. Sometimes it is hard to find books for a young person with advanced reading skills. She likes thicker books and series because she likes twists and complicated multi-threaded plots. In her world, lots of excitement, complicated characters, a
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through two 13 year-olds eyes the author takes you on a journey into a fantasy world with vivid, entertaining characters. The story is nicely organized to keep you interested and wanting to follow along. Even the evil Craveaux has a way of endearing himself to you. My daughters (one's 10 and the other's 13) giggled at times. Minno has fun characters and enough action to keep you entertained. I'm always looking for books my daughters can read without inappropriate subject matter. I was very pleas ...more
Barb Wentworth
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Minno is an adventurous, compelling story of friendship between two girls who just don't fit in. Their wild journey takes them into a marvelous fantasy world that is dangerous, funny and most of all refreshingly entertaining. At every turn you meet new characters and new situations. While the story was light on deep emotional attachments, it always kept you wanting more. My eleven-year-old daughter laughed out loud at some of the characters' comedic antics. She said she can't wait for the sequel ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book through the First Reads giveaway.
Aimed at the preteen/early teen, I think it is a worthy read. Of course you have to like the fantasy world a bit :) The book is one of those teaching the meaning of true friendship, the fact that the stereotypes are to be broken and that to succeed in life you have to trust people... or some more or less strange creatures :)
Fun read, fast paced, I'll now let a younger generation try it ;)
Tianna Green
For full disclosure I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Minno is an absolute thriller from beginning to end. I loved the two characters, Minno and Hailey. I can imagine all the characters and their reactions. Its absolutely fantastic and a must read for a teen. I loved the ending and I hope there is a second book coming out. This book should be made into a movie! Great plot.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just the right book for my preteens. There's quirky creatures and humorous situations to hold a child's interest. At each turn there is more to discover in this adventure. My son read it over a weekend. He said he liked the Forbits the best, though I think the Ooogly brothers make the story. This one reads like Indiana Jones for children. ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Great fun read. Both my daughters (9 and 12) loved the book. There were plenty of interesting characters to keep them entertained. They both said they want to read the next book when it comes out.
Katy Lovejoy
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love love love love this so much. It's now one of my favorites ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
My daughter read it and really enjoyed it. We heard her laughing out loud a number of times. She read it cover to cover over a weekend and we had to force her to stop to eat and sleep.
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Barlog grew up in Chicago before serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force.

He has authored numerous novels across many genres. Windows to the Soul, his debut novel, won the Readers' Choice award for suspense at an Illinois 'Love Is Murder' Mystery Conference.

But his greatest accomplishments are his three children and his grandchildren.

Barlog currently lives with his wife in San Diego, CA, wher

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