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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: December 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 E.J. | 2/12/2014

    " An extraordinary novel. Read it, now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kilee Wiegel | 2/3/2014

    " I love the style this book is written and even though I havent read Skellig I chose to read this book. But I dont like what Mina is writing about, I have no idea how old she is and I find it irritating. She writes about her life like she's a teenager but the way she writes her thoughts shes very child like. Im going to push through this book till the end though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joa Laville | 2/1/2014

    " "How can a bird that is born for joy sit in a cage and sing?" --Mina. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elizabeth Harris | 1/7/2014

    " I read a good chunk of it but never finished. Mina's journal, like most journals, is all over the place and difficult to follow as a cohesive novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 1/5/2014

    " This was very disappointing. I had liked Skellig and assumed the prequel would be good as well. Mina is a girl who doesn't like school, doesn't fit in and then becomes homeschooled. Hard to read and no resolution at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Ryan-Punch | 12/15/2013

    " David Almond's books always have the best last lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess713 | 11/22/2013

    " Fabulous!!!!! Such a great book. I think that it has strong opinions, but in a good way. A must read for all picky readers like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Wille | 11/12/2013

    " I love this book! It is absolutely amazing- a definite must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/8/2013

    " The second, or first, depending on your perspective, in the 'Skellig' chronicles. Tells the story of Mina through her diary. What a truly wonderful character. Both I and my eldest son love Mina. Worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 11/4/2013

    " this book is soooo goooooddddd!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Cufari | 10/14/2013

    " David Almond provides food for thought about our own intellectual and creative curiosity. His point of having to explore passions outside of formal education is well taken through Mina's out-of-the-box behavior. A thought provoking read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 9/8/2013

    " A special book for special people, of all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/5/2013

    " This book's short and sweet like a sip of cloudy lemonade on a summer's day. Very refreshing! It's also extended the ways in which I think about certain things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 6/9/2013

    " Reading this book, I really got attached to Mina. I think that she is a very well-developed character even in Skellig, and to see inside of her mind spun my view of her to a whole new perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Hill | 1/6/2013

    " My Name Is Mina and Skellig don't do much more than pass each other in the street, but this a very lovely book on its own, so I don't care. Some of the sections of Mina's writing dragged a touch, I found, otherwise this could easily be five stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L&p | 6/28/2012

    " Makes everthing clear in a confusing way. Just the way I like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christelle | 5/30/2012

    " It reminded me a lot of extremely loud and incredibly close. I think it is a wonderful book full of smiles, snickers, and sadness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 2/11/2012

    " Beautiful, inspiring & creative. A very imaginative and thought provoking book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/26/2012

    " Completely enjoyable, laugh out loud, thought provoking story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miss Theriault | 1/15/2012

    " Lovely. Wildly imaginative. Gorgeous typesets. I can't wait to read Skellig! "

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About the Author
Author David Almond

David Almond has received several major awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is known worldwide as the author of Skellig, Clay, and many other plays, stories, and novels, including The Boy Who Swam with Piranha. David Almond lives in England.