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My Name is Mina

Written by David Almond

My Name is Mina Synopsis

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 through her stories, thoughts, lessons and dreams, Mina's journal and mind grow into something extraordinary. In this stunning book, David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig, in what is a thought-provoking and extraordinary prequel to his best-selling debut novel, Skellig - winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award. My Name is Mina has been longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2011.

My Name is Mina Press 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 20090220 This is a novel of power and beauty. -- The Daily Telegraph 20081206 A remarkable and thought-provoking prequel. -- INIS 20100901 A standalone exploration of a child's relationship with language, ideas and living things... the reader is with her all the way. -- Observer 20101003 The creative way Mina uses words to explore her dreams and ideas will inspire anyone who's ever kept a diary. -- Alice, 17, Dorset 20101201 A book of stories, ideas, dreams, insights and questions... will be avidly read. -- Times Educational Supplement 20101126 A story of loss, of love and of the wonderful possibilites of the imagination. -- Irish Times 20101211 Almond is a treasure, someone who takes what children feel seriously, while also showing them light and magic and hope. -- Time Out (Carnegie medal winner Patrick Ness) 20110630

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340997253
Publication date: 2nd September 2010
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 304 pages

About David Almond

David Almond is twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. His first novel, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal. His second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. THE FIRE-EATERS won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and his most recent novel, CLAY, was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award, and the Carnegie Medal. David is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today, and his books ...

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