Earlier this year, David Almond won the Hans Christian Andersen Award (for a living author whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.) He's written many books, but is perhaps best known for Skellig (which is also a film) about Michael, a boy who finds a strange creature, part angel, part man, in his garden shed. Almond has now written a prequel to Skellig which concentrates on Mina, Michael's spirited neighbour and friend. Almond is a great writer - find his books in our catalogue here if you want to find out why. My name is Mina is published by Hodder on 2nd September - there's an interview with Almond in Saturday's Herald in which he talks about the new book and his writing in general. Unfortunately there's no electronic link, but you can find it in the library. Ask at the desk for cuttings file number 1225.