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Download My Name Is Mina Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (944 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Almond Narrator: Charlie Sanderson Publisher: Hachette Children's Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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'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 scribbling 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heidi | 2/20/2014

    " This prequel to Skellig is a difficult book for me to judge. Who is the intended audience? Preteens? Mina is a young girl whose father has died and after difficulties at school, is being homeschooled by her mother. She is a free spirit who has a favorite tree which she climbs to watch the world and write in her journal. She is inquisitive, a young girl who asks questions about the world which seem a bit out of place coming from someone so young. She is a dreamer, thoughtful and kind. This was a book I just didn't get. Perhaps if I'd read Skellig prior to this book, Mina's story would make more sense. I see it as a good teacher reference for writing activities but don't think it would be a book checked out much in my library. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/19/2014

    " Mina is a strong-willed and unique character. This story, written in journal form, shows how deeply the death of a parent can affect a young child. Mina struggles to readjust her position in the world as she deals with the death of her father. Her prickly teacher disapproves of Mina's antics and her mother saves the day when she decides home-schooling is the answer. Mina would make a great teacher as she invents extraordinary activities to make her day more exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ana | 2/12/2014

    " I loved this book so much. Its hard to find a book that I really can enjoy reading. but this book did that and it makes you reflect on your self and what kind of person you are,are you shy and timid or excentric which Mina was both . At the end of this book I was sad that is was over. This is one of my favorite books ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by E.J. | 2/12/2014

    " An extraordinary novel. Read it, now. "

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