What's it about? Mina has been homeschooled for a while now due to a bit of a breakdown at school. Her dad is dead and she lives with her mum, who's been seeing someone new. She doesn't fit in at school (which resonated with me) and she spends a lot of time sitting in a tree. From there she can see a new family moving in to the street. This book is apparently a prequel to Almond's earlier novel Skellig which I bought on eBay.
The book sort of changes a lot - it's a difference of styles and formation. I liked this a lot, it felt right for the character.
What age range is it for? 11+.
Are any main characters LGBTQ+? No
Are any main characters non-white? No
Are any main characters disabled either mentally or physically? I think Mina has some kind of mental illness or she's maybe autistic, but it isn't mentioned or discussed - but readers may identify with her.
Is there any sex stuff? No
Are drugs mentioned or used? No
Is there any talk of death? Yes but it's very age appropriate.
Are there swear words? No
Would I recommend the book? Yes, it's a really lovely middle grade book
How many stars? 8 out of 10, it was definitely a well-written and crafted novel.
Where is the book going now? Back to Lucinda when she's back!