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My Name is Mina by David Almond


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 scribblings and nonsense, poems and songs. Her vivid account of her vivid life.

A prequel to the author’s CILIP Carnegie Medal-winning novel, “Skellig”, shortlisted for The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2012.

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YA writer. Voracious reader. Feminist. Home educator. Addicted to tea and Twitter.