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My Name is Mina by David Almond

Have you met Mina?  She loves words and birds and William Blake. She hates cages and she doesn’t go to school. Not any more anyway…

My Name is Mina is her journal. It’s a young writer’s notebook – as gloriously messy as Mina’s mind. Different fonts tumble across the page as she spills out her joys and her sadnesses, her stories and her secrets.

It’s a lovely, subtle story and an anarchic lesson for fledgling writers. As Mina says:

“Why should a book tell a tale in a dull straight line?

Words should wander and meander. They should fly like owls and flicker like bats and slip like cats. They should murmur and scream and dance and sing.”

Wonderful! 5 stars

(My Name is Mina is the prequel to Skellig. You can read more about David Almond, Skellig and Mina in this interview. Age 9+)

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