My Name Is Mina by David Almond

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My Name is Mina is a tour de force, then, that Almond only partly pulls off. Having, with any luck, gotten his fear of conventional narrative — “Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?” Mina asks rhetorically — out of his system, Almond may perhaps return to the Skellig narrative.
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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 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.


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About David Almond

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DAVID ALMOND lives in England.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 304 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by OrliTheBookworm on Apr 24 2012

...the plot lacked adventure - there was no real plot. I simply felt that there was not enough action...he dampened it, loosened it, prolonged it with just thoughts.

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Above average
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Dec 16 2011

My Name is Mina is a tour de force, then, that Almond only partly pulls off. Having, with any luck, gotten his fear of conventional narrative — “Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?” Mina asks rhetorically — out of his system, Almond may perhaps return to the Skellig narrative.

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