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My Name Is Mina

(Skellig 0.5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,853 ratings  ·  553 reviews
There's an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. It's been there for an age. I keep on saying that I'll write a journal. So I'll start right here, right now. 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 can't just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infini ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Hodder Children's Books
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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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Charlotte May
"It's hard isn't it?' 'What?' 'Trying to discover how to be yourself."

What a cute prequel 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 garden.
The 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
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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
Mar 27, 2012 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
Whitney Atkinson
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Kaethe Douglas
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
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.
Sepideh Dehghani
Amazing. Should’ve read it way sooner.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-reread, youth
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
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is marmite.
For a lot of people, it's too rambling, too weird, too focused on what's going on inside Mina's head, too many exclamation marks and strange fonts and enlarged text. It's pointing a camera lens at ordinary stuff the way Mina sees them, and for lots of people, that's not okay.
And that's fine. Different opinions, ect.

But I love the rambling. I love the weirdness and the inside of Mina's head and the exclamation marks and the fonts and the texts, and it's a camera lens I wan
The Book Queen
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Sophia Small
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this, not because the story or the characters weren't interesting, but because they were far too like myself.

I find that one needs to be extremely careful when writing middle grade fiction, as the book tends to shape so much of the young reader. "My Name is Mina" was written in a diary form, in the view of Mina, a character last seen in "Skellig." I highly enjoyed "Skellig," so I thought I should read this one. Mina reminds me of exactly who I was when I was her age. When I was he
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
"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
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Those who have read Skellig will be familiar with Mina, but while in that book she was an interesting character, here she is a rambling, and less-than-credible creation. Her diary entries on the mysteries of the universe and words feel precious and forced and it seems like the author uses her more as a vehicle for his preoccupations as a former creative child and a mystically-inclined adult. There are brief sections where the book picks up--Mina and her mother's foray into the upper room of Mina ...more
Alma Q
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults. Little kids? No one in-between.
Recommended to Alma Q by: LOOK AT THAT COVER.
Pretty, but overhyped. Considering this is supposedly Mina's diary, nothing much is really revealed about her that we can't already guess from Skellig. It's an almost pure 'feelings' book, more whimsy and form than actual content. As such it is, admittedly, quite delightful in parts, but unless you're someone particularly organized and grown up I doubt it's going to even slightly unsettle your world.

As someone rather not organized and only occasionally grown up, the most I gathered from reading
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 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
Either the author or I have forgotten what its like to be a child.
Annisa Anggiana
I love this book, Mina is an adorable misfit.
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
maybe it's just because of the name, but I feel I resemble much of this strange and amazing child! Not afraid to point her views, seeing different meanings in everyday things, and I don't recommend running out of school. The connection between mother and daughter is heart melting. Great for younger readers, I read this ages ago, but even now is one of the only books I will happily read over and over again.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I would recommend this book to any parent with a budding writer. Truly an amazing little story about an extraordinary girl named Mina.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
No mina ! please dont cure your weirdness ! caz the book is beautifule for your weirdness mina ! the book is interesting caz you are brave.... and i love your handwrite and your book ! anyway sometimes it get boring.... but i LOVE it
Mina Rehman
My name is Mina and I love this book.
Kylie Martinez
Jul 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Not a book that really moved me, it was just a bunch of words. Mina didn't become a character I loved or hated. Just kind of... there.
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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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