One of the 8 titles longlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2011.
Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children's Book Award 2011.
Mina was Michael's thoughtful, resourceful and spiky neighbour in David Almond's prizewinning Skellig. This is the story of her life before his arrival, in a series of stunningly individual essays, poems, written dreams – each in a narrative style carefully chosen to catch the mood. Together they capture her confusion and sometimes anger about many aspects of her life, including the death of her father and her antipathy to school. They also celebrate her love of language and her passionate understanding of how it works. Seeing the world through Mina's eyes and hearing it through her voice is a journey of unbridled imagination and touching honesty.
The LoveReading Comment:
For everyone who loved David Almond’s Skellig, My Name is Mina is its prequel written over 10 years after Skellig was published to such acclaim. Skellig remains one of THE bestselling and well known novels of the last decade.
So here, David Almond revisits the world of Mina. Why is she being schooled at home? Why is she so wonderful and yet so exasperating at times? My Name is Mina is a collection of stories, thoughts, dreams – and amazing words. It is a story of grief, of growing, of learning the courage to be yourself in a world where you don’t seem to fit. Trembling on the edge of self-knowing, Mina shares her innermost thoughts and fears, and in doing so she becomes, like Skellig and Michael, unforgettable and, as Mina would say herself – extraordinary.
Titles longlisted for the 2011 Guardian Children's Book Prize: