My Name is Mina
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.
Health Professional Review
Health Professional Reviewer: Karen Gardner, Youth Clinical Specialist, NZROT, Mental Health Brief Intervention Service. Reviewed 10 September 2015.
Book Title: My Name is Mina
Author: David Almond, is an award winning writer of children and young person’s literature.
Date published: 2010
Suitable for: Teens and adults. Intermediate reading level.
Problems addressed: Feeling a different/new perspective.
This book is a fictional journal of a girl about 12-14 years old. The journal isn’t a chronological story of events; it is a book of thoughts, experiences, ideas and interpretations. The main character Mina is a quirky, intelligent, philosophical, home schooled girl who seems to struggle to fit in.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
This book is quirky and interesting and Mina is a sweet and likeable character. It is easy to read and has nice little stories and thoughts throughout. The text is printed in different fonts, sizes, black or white, which adds to the read and makes it feel a little more like a journal.
Some of the book may be too quirky and odd for people, as at times is seems a little bizarre, immature or to go on too much about ideas and concepts (like a wandering/wondering mind does in a journal). However there are some nice “extraordinary activities” she talks about in the book that are fun, insightful and interesting to think about. The book offers little therapeutic value except that it is a different perspective and has some positive references to being brave.
This book could be useful for someone looking for a gentle thought provoking book about making meaning of the world and other people.