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My Name is Mina

by David Almond - £7.99  Hachette Children's Books (2011)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780340997260 | ISBN 10: 0340997265

Thereís an empty notebook lying on the table in the moonlight. Itís been there for an age. I keep on saying that Iíll write a journal. So Iíll 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 canít just write that this happened then this happened then this happened to boring infinitum. Iíll 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 journal, and through her stories and poems there grows an opus of her life - her lessons, her loves, her beliefs, her mum, her dad, her thoughts and her dreams.

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.

(Price & availability last checked: January 2019)

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