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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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My Name Is Mina

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ISBN13: 9780385740739
ISBN10: 0385740735
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Award-winning author David Almond reintroduces readers to the perceptive, sensitive Mina before the events of Skellig in this lyrical and fantastical work. My Name is Mina is not only a pleasure to read, it is an intimate and enlightening look at a character whose open mind and heart have much to teach us about life, love, and the mysteries that surround us.

Mina loves the night. While everyone else is in a deep slumber, she gazes out the window, witness to the moon's silvery light. In the stillness, she can even hear her own heart beating. This is when Mina feels that anything is possible and her imagination is set free.

A blank notebook lies on the table. It has been there for what seems like forever. Mina has proclaimed in the past that she will use it as a journal, and one night, at last, she begins to do just that. As she writes, Mina makes discoveries both trivial and profound about herself and her world, her thoughts and her dreams.

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"This intimate prequel to Skellig is built around Mina McKee, the curious and brilliant home-schooled child who eventually befriends that book's protagonist, Michael. Mina, a budding writer, reveals her love of words in her journal; most of the book unfolds in a handwritten-looking font, with Mina's more emphatic entries exploding onto the pages in massive display type. Her lyrical, nonlinear prose records her reflections on her past, existential musings ('The human body is 65 percent water. Two-thirds of me is constantly disappearing, and constantly being replaced. So most of me is not me at all!'), and self-directed writing exercises ('I'll try to make my words break out of the cages of sadness, and make them sing for joy'). Almond gives readers a vivid picture of the joyfully free-form workings of Mina's mind and her mixed emotions about being an isolated child. Her gradual emergence from the protective shell of home is beautifully portrayed as she gingerly ventures out into the world. Not as dark, but just as passionate as Almond's previous works, this novel will inspire children to let their imaginations soar. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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DAVID ALMOND lives in England.

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crockedcrackery, January 31, 2012 (view all comments by crockedcrackery)
I CANNOT give a summary. I do not quite know how to describe this narrative other than to say that it is a deeply intimate rendering of a mind, and the thoughts and experiences that shape(d) it.

David Almond is a wonder. I have yet to come across another writer who can so subtly tie dream-like images and experiences to our own world. The natural, the supernatural, and the imagined (maybe) exist together, one never over-shadowing the other.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385740739
Author:
Almond, David
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
fiction;family;journal;imagination;growing up;death;death of a parent;prequel;children s fiction;fantasy
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.9 x 1.12 in 0.9 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This intimate prequel to Skellig is built around Mina McKee, the curious and brilliant home-schooled child who eventually befriends that book's protagonist, Michael. Mina, a budding writer, reveals her love of words in her journal; most of the book unfolds in a handwritten-looking font, with Mina's more emphatic entries exploding onto the pages in massive display type. Her lyrical, nonlinear prose records her reflections on her past, existential musings ('The human body is 65 percent water. Two-thirds of me is constantly disappearing, and constantly being replaced. So most of me is not me at all!'), and self-directed writing exercises ('I'll try to make my words break out of the cages of sadness, and make them sing for joy'). Almond gives readers a vivid picture of the joyfully free-form workings of Mina's mind and her mixed emotions about being an isolated child. Her gradual emergence from the protective shell of home is beautifully portrayed as she gingerly ventures out into the world. Not as dark, but just as passionate as Almond's previous works, this novel will inspire children to let their imaginations soar. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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