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My Name Is Mina by David Almond

My Name Is Mina (2010)

by David Almond

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This is a prequel to David Almond's award winning Skellig. It was cute and well written and tied in nicely with Skellig though the tone is completely different. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This is a prequel to David Almond's award winning Skellig. It was cute and well written and tied in nicely with Skellig though the tone is completely different. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
In this prequel to the novel, Skellig, Mina, a precocious preteen who decides to be homeschooled, spends her days daydreaming in the tall branches of a tree, where she writes in her journal, gazes up at birds making a home for their soon-to-be laid eggs, and watches the goings-on at a neighboring house. But Mina especially loves the night, "when the rest of the world has gone to sleep" and "anything seems possible." ( )
  lbblackwell | Jul 26, 2014 |
Mina is my hero! Such an intriguing story line, character, and structure. Almond's inclusion of concrete poetry, "extraordinary activities," and journal entries match Mina's character beautifully. For students who are intelligent and creative yet may struggle to find their place in school, Mina is a fantastic role model. ( )
  jcarroll12 | Jul 22, 2014 |
I thoroughly enjoyed reading David Almond’s My Name is Mina on this gifted, relatable, funny, confident, scared, young girl. As I read through the novel of a young girl who “hates” school and has chosen to be home schooled, I was often bothered by the mom’s somewhat lackadaisical approach with Mina. On the flip side, I believe that Mom knows her child best and really was a loving role model in her daughter’s confusion.
I also noticed the structure and placement of the various poems and usage of words to create both beautiful literature and a simplistic, childlike voice. This was all done while incorporating diction and tone throughout the novel, such as sarcasm-both in Almond’s writing of Mina’s words and ironically of Mina’s mention of her dislike for her teacher’s use of sarcasm. ( )
  KMClark | Jul 15, 2014 |
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Mina 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 free.
     A 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 dreams.
     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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Creative, intelligent, nine-year-old Mina keeps a journal in her own disorderly way that reveals how her mind is growing into something extraordinary, especially after she begins homeschooling under the direction of her widowed mother.

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