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1 septembre 2011

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.

In this stunning book, David Almond revisits Mina before she has met Michael, before she has met Skellig.

Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal.


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Revue de presse

a master novelist (Independent)

There really is nobody quite like Almond writing in children's or adults' fiction today. (The Times)

a writer of subtle, page-turning and daring exactness. (Times Educational Supplement)

Almond manages to make a work of art out of the simplest words. (Amanda Craig, The Times)

David Almond is a fine writer, one of the very finest we have. He is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence. (Michael Morpurgo)

'Another brilliant novel from a master storyteller.' (Carousel)

Unsettling but, as ever, beautifully written. (Daily Mail)

'... exceptional, delicate writing ... make a moving and thoughtful story told with exceptional elegance.' (Julia Eccleshare)

'exquisite prose which sparkles off the page' (Writeaway)

BACKLIST REVIEWS: 'a book of startling quality and tremendous beauty' (The Bookbag)

David Almond's novels all have a unique, mystical thread running through them. He weaves a story web, spiderlike, that holds the reader spellbound while he spins new though-threads on universal themes. (Carousel)

One of these days, someone is going to notice that David Almond has been kidnapped by children's publishing and demand him back for adults. But until then, we must rejoice in every new offering of his. (Sunday Telegraph)

"superb coming-of-age novel from one of our master story-tellers." (Bookseller)

"This is a novel of power and beauty." (The Daily Telegraph)

A remarkable and thought-provoking prequel. (INIS)

A standalone exploration of a child's relationship with language, ideas and living things... the reader is with her all the way. (Observer)

The creative way Mina uses words to explore her dreams and ideas will inspire anyone who's ever kept a diary. (Alice, 17, Dorset)

'A celebration of the richness of the everyday world... to read it is to feel uplifted.' (Sunday Times)

A sensational meditation on creativity and the power of words. (The Daily Telegraph)

Almond promotes and celebrates freedom for children and their thinking in this lyrical book about growing up. (Guardian (Julia Eccleshare))

Incredibly moving. (Sunday Express)

A glorification of imagination. David Almond has created a novel that will excite, astound and inspire adults and children alike. (English Association Journal)

Biographie de l'auteur

David Almond is twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. His first novel, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal and was made into a feature-length film on Sky1. His second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. THE FIRE-EATERS won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and his most recent novel, CLAY, was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award, and the Carnegie Medal. David has also won the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award for his lasting contribution to children's literature and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today. His books are bestsellers all over the world. He lives with his family in Northumberland. www.davidalmond.com

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hard to describe, but astonishing in its emotional depth and breathtaking in its sense of wonder 9 novembre 2011
Par KidsReads - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
In 1998, David Almond published his stunning and strange children's novel, SKELLIG. In 2009, it was re-released in a 10th-anniversary edition that included a short story about one of the three protagonists, Mina. This fascinating character is now the star of her own novel, MY NAME IS MINA, set just before the action in SKELLIG.

Mina McKee spends lots of time in her favorite tree. She watches the sky, the birds, and the comings and goings of her neighbors. She recently left school and now learns at home with her nurturing and understanding mother, who has given her an empty notebook. MY NAME IS MINA is the entries she records in that notebook.

Mina is precocious, creative, slightly obstinate and a bit sad. She revels in nature and loves all flying creatures, especially those that come out at night, like owls and bats. She thinks deeply about evolution and change, as well as beauty. She questions authority and the value of traditional education. She is eccentric and delightful, and misses her late father. Her story, in Almond's hands, is not about plot or action, but rather about mood and thought. While time moves forward, this unique novel is about what Mina thinks much more than what she does. What she thinks about, perhaps without realizing it herself, is trying to understand her place in the world. She ponders natural transformation, the meaning of words and the meaning of dreams, the taste of good food, joy and sorrow, friendship, life and death.

After the loss of her father and her inability to succeed at school, Mina is ripe for profound discovery. Her introspection is beautiful and sometimes heart-wrenching. "Look at the world," she writes, "Smell it, taste it, listen to it, feel it, look at it. Look at it! And I know horrible things happen for no good reason. Why did my dad die? What's the point of famine and fear and darkness and war? I don't know! I'm just a kid! How can I know answers to things like that? But this horrible world is so blooming beautiful and so blooming weird that sometimes I think it'll make me faint!"

For those who have read SKELLIG, the tension in MY NAME IS MINA mounts as she comes closer to her meeting with her new neighbor, Michael. It is with him and the fabulous creature they care for that she will eventually find ease, comfort and unconditional acceptance. It is with Michael that her ability to think creatively and her emotional courage will be appreciated. But in this powerful, lovely and provocative stand-alone novel, Mina shines, even without that resolution. In fact, if you read it anticipating SKELLIG, you risk missing out on some of Mina's more interesting ideas. That being said, it is easy to see how Almond himself set up this book to work with his 1998 novel, and sometimes the themes and ideas are a bit too neatly connected.

Almond's unconventional latest is hard to describe, but it is astonishing in its emotional depth and breathtaking in its sense of wonder. It is philosophic and metaphysical without being preachy or pedantic, and is just a pure pleasure to read.

Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read for parents 3 décembre 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Mina's mother is the essence of patience and acceptance. Mina is sensitive and extremely intelligent.

The author is biased toward public school, but makes some points that hit the mark. The work makes me more sensitive to kids who are not conformist. I love this book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I just didn't get it 30 mai 2012
Par Heidi G - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
This prequel to Skellig is a difficult book for me to judge. Who is the intended audience? Preteens? Mina is a young girl whose father has died and after difficulties at school, is being homeschooled by her mother. She is a free spirit who has a favorite tree which she climbs to watch the world and write in her journal. She is inquisitive, a young girl who asks questions about the world which seem a bit out of place coming from someone so young. She is a dreamer, thoughtful and kind. This was a book I just didn't get. Perhaps if I'd read Skellig prior to this book, Mina's story would make more sense. I see it as a good teacher reference for writing activities but don't think it would be a book checked out much in my library. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for the review copy.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid novel though perhaps not Almond's best 2 juillet 2014
Par The Tsar of Taste - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Maybe not as good as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness, or The Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, but still very good. Mina, the main character and narrator, is a solitary and thoughtful character, so more of the narration is thinking than usual (thinking as opposed to narration of action). Mina's a compelling character, though. Enjoyable.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Growing up in a discovery environment 25 avril 2014
Par Alan J. Krauss - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Wonderful growing up story... must read 'Skellig' as a follow-up, or read it first. Some children need more open learning.
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