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My Name is Mina
by David Almond

RRP €9.50

My Name is Mina
by Author Name David Almond

Book details for title
List Price:9.50
Format: Paperback, 197 x 129 x 23mm, 304pp
Publication date: 01 Sep 2011
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN-13: 9780340997260

Description

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 infinitum. I'll let my journal grow just like the mind does, just like a tree or a beast does, just like life does. Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line? And so Mina writes and writes in her notebook, and here is her journal, Mina's life in Mina's own words: her stories and dreams, experiences and thoughts, her scribblings and nonsense, poems and songs. Her vivid account of her vivid life. In this stunning book, David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig. Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal.

Reviews

a master novelist -- Independent There really is nobody quite like Almond writing in children's or adults' fiction today. -- The Times a writer of subtle, page-turning and daring exactness. -- Times Educational Supplement Almond manages to make a work of art out of the simplest words. -- Amanda Craig, The Times David Almond is a fine writer, one of the very finest we have. He is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence. -- Michael Morpurgo 'Another brilliant novel from a master storyteller.' -- Carousel Unsettling but, as ever, beautifully written. -- Daily Mail '... exceptional, delicate writing ... make a moving and thoughtful story told with exceptional elegance.' -- Julia Eccleshare 'exquisite prose which sparkles off the page' -- Writeaway BACKLIST REVIEWS: 'a book of startling quality and tremendous beauty' -- The Bookbag David Almond's novels all have a unique, mystical thread running through them. He weaves a story web, spiderlike, that holds the reader spellbound while he spins new though-threads on universal themes. -- Carousel One of these days, someone is going to notice that David Almond has been kidnapped by children's publishing and demand him back for adults. But until then, we must rejoice in every new offering of his. -- Sunday Telegraph "superb coming-of-age novel from one of our master story-tellers." -- Bookseller "This is a novel of power and beauty." -- The Daily Telegraph A remarkable and thought-provoking prequel. -- INIS A standalone exploration of a child's relationship with language, ideas and living things... the reader is with her all the way. -- Observer The creative way Mina uses words to explore her dreams and ideas will inspire anyone who's ever kept a diary. -- Alice, 17, Dorset 'A celebration of the richness of the everyday world... to read it is to feel uplifted.' -- Sunday Times A sensational meditation on creativity and the power of words. -- The Daily Telegraph Almond promotes and celebrates freedom for children and their thinking in this lyrical book about growing up. -- Guardian (Julia Eccleshare) Incredibly moving. -- Sunday Express A glorification of imagination. David Almond has created a novel that will excite, astound and inspire adults and children alike. -- English Association Journal