My Name is Mina
by David Almond
Reading Age: 9+
Interest level: 10-16
The prequel to Skellig
by David Almond
Through a collection of stories, journal entries and meandering thoughts, Mina tells the story of her life so far; of grief, marginalisation, bravery, self-knowledge and love.
Revisiting a character he first introduced in his bestseller, Skellig, over 12 years ago, David Almond explores Mina's background and eccentricities to reveal a complex and resilient spirit who is as endearing as she is infuriating.
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What you thought
I read this book for a class project 4 years ago, and I'd never felt more connected to something. I felt as though I wasn't alone, and that it was okay that I didn't fit it like all the other kids at my school, I couldn't put the book down. My teacher even began to call me Mina, I loved her character, but more than anything; I loved how much of a free spirit she was. I have picked this book up countless times since, and enjoyed it equally throughout. It only added to my interest in Greek Mythology and will always be a book I'll love.
Good book, a bit weird at times though
Great book... Read it in about 4 days ( I'm a fast reader) and couldn't put it down. So creative and really captures your imagination.
another brilliant book by david almond, this is a prequel to skellig .
I love it! Mina's the girl who doesn't fit in anywhere, not even school. Mina sits in her tree, writing down poems, songs and ideas. Some say she's weird, some say she's strange, but really, she's an extraordinary girl with an extraordinary mind.