Friday, July 25, 2014

Nim's Island by Wendy Orr

I started a book club at my library this year, specifically for third and fourth graders. This is one of the first books that they picked (I do a short book-talk about two potential choices, and then the kids vote for their pick). I had seen the movie several years earlier, but hadn't read the book. It turned out to be a hit among the book club members, and I enjoyed my own read of it as well.

This story, reminiscent of Roald Dahl's whimsical tales, is about a young girl named Nim who lives on a tropical island with her scientist father. When her father doesn't come back from a boating trip, and a huge storm hits the island, Nim has to survive on her own (along with her animal companions, a seal and an iguana). She is having a difficult time of it, but luckily she has struck up a friendship via email with a favorite author of adventure and survival stories.

I enjoyed the sweetness and whimsy of this story, which was perfectly captured by Kerry Millard's illustrations. I loved the strong female protagonist, who is resourceful but not unbelievably so, as well as the relationships among the characters (including Nim's animal pals) and the delightful surprises that occur as the story unfolds.

Nim's Island
 by Wendy Orr; illustrated by Kerry Millard (Borzoi Books, 1999)


  1. Oh! This sounds absolutely delightful! And congratulations on the book club - I love running book clubs for kids. I learn about a lot of great books that way, too!

  2. Thanks Kiirstin! It's been a lot of fun so far. The kids have been so enthusiastic!

  3. This sounds like fun and I love the cover. Never watched the movie (never wanted to) but I'll add this to my list. I also run a book club in my school, and it's great fun. Good luck with yours!

  4. Thanks, Valentina! I am having so much fun with this book club! The kids are so enthusiastic and are so happy to read anything I suggest. Wish the adults at my library were as open-minded! Glad you're having fun with your book club, too. :-)


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