My Name is Mina
By David Almond
My Name is Mina is the story of a charming and imaginative homeschooled girl living in the U.K.
who is dealing with the death of her father and adjusting to a new life at home alone with her mother.
This book is unique in that it's written and designed to sound and look like a journal kept by Mina,
full of all her wonderings and thoughts about life. Much of it is stream of consciousness, interspersed
with pieces of Mina's history, short stories written by Mina, and even activity ideas! It's a great read
with plenty of introspection about learning and homeschooling.
This book is a prequel to Skellig, an
award-winning novel by the same author also lauded for its uniqueness. Skellig's main character, Michael,
moves into the house across the street from Mina and the stories in the books overlap a bit, covering some
of the same ground from the two perspectives.
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David Almond - Author of My Name is Mina
British author David Almond
has written many books for adults and children.
In 2010, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest
international award for an author of children's books.
Mr. Almond lives
in Northumberland, England with his family. My Name is Mina is a prequel
to his first children's novel, Skellig, which was released in 1998.
Ideas for Book Clubbers and Others!
Several NHBA blog posts feature ideas and activities for My Name is Mina
which you can use with your book club, even if that's just you and your kids!