Title: My Name is Mina.
Author: David Almond.
Year of Publication: 2010 (UK).
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, and ebook, and an audiobook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £6.99 (UK).
Age Range: All ages.
This book is the second book in a series.
This book takes place before Skellig (see previous post), and focuses on Mina. Mina reminds me a lot of Luna, or at least how I imagine Luna would have been at Mina’s age; so I like this book a lot just for that.
To the outside world, Mina is a strangle little girl, who loves nature, and spend too much time on her own sitting in her favourite tree with her nose in her books. As any Ravenclaw will tell you, there’s absolutely nothing strange about that. Her mum home schools her because her old school teachers find her to difficult to teach, and kids her own age think she’s weird.
One day, Mina finds a tunnel, and where it takes her will lead her on the path to discovering herself, and a way to come to terms with her father’s death.
David Almond is fantastic at creating characters we want to read about, and can keep us glued to the page where other authors would struggle to keep our interest.
“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” Robin Williams.