‘My Name is Mina’ by UEA alumnus David Almond has been included on the shortlist of four titles in the running for this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, which will be decided in November. Published by Hodder last year, ‘My Name is Mina’ is a prequel to David’s bestselling first novel for children ‘Skellig’, which was published in 1998 and won that year’s Carnegie medal and the Whitbread children’s prize. ‘My Name is Mina’ has also been nominated for the 2012 UK Literacy Association Children’s Book Award. David (pictured) graduated from UEA with a BA in English and American Studies in 1973. His first novel for adults, ‘The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean’, was published earlier this year by Viking.