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My Name Is Mina and I Love the Night: Anything Seems Possible at Night When the Rest of the World Has Gone to Sleep

by David Almond

Published by U.S. edition: Delacorte, 2011
304 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠥85-740739

Ages 9-12

Mina is a writer, storyteller, and poet for whom school was a box of conformity into which she didn抰 fit. Now she抯 homeschooled. It抯 not just Mina抯 abilities梥he抯 extraordinarily gifted with language梑ut also her intense sensitivity, compounded by the death of her father, that has made navigating the everyday world so challenging. David Almond抯 novel about a precocious child unfolds through singular first-person narrative that includes stories Mina writes, most of them revealing events that happened in the past. Mina approaches the things she has to tell in her own time, exposing a bit more of the truth once she is ready to reveal it. She is a child who sees herself as separate from others because of her gifts, and she uses this as a means of protecting herself: There抯 no chance of rejection when she doesn抰 risk connection. Recognizing this, and taking the first step toward moving beyond it, is the biggest challenge Mina faces. So when she approaches the new boy who has moved in next door and says, 揌ello, my name is Mina, it抯 a true act of courage. This companion novel to Skellig (U.S. edition: Delacorte Press, 1999), in which Mina was a secondary character, stands on its own.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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