How can a bird that is born for joy sit in a cage and sing? Mina is an extraordinary girl. Join her as she documents her life in the book My Name is Mina, by David Almond. In the beginning, Mina may seem like your average nine year old English girl. That is hardly the case, though. As the story progresses, you will find that Mina is a very fascinating individual. She asks many thought-provoking questions and makes you wonder about the simplest things. Many adults think that she might need some "help", but that is far from the truth. Mina has a very complex mind and feels that the school system is too restricting. Soon, her mother starts home-schooling her. This proves to be a much better environment for Mina.
As you read this book, you will find out about the Underworld, "Extraordinary Activities", and an abundance more. Maybe you might even discover who Mina's new neighbors are! Laugh, smile, and possibly get lost in this strange, yet wondrous tale Mina has spun. My Name is Mina is a great book for a reader looking for a fun, albeit an odd book. If you thoroughly enjoyed this book, make sure to check out its sequel, Skellig.
~Alice, Teen Book Reviewer