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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (February 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736060
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Orr (Peeling the Onion) blithely throws credibility to the wind and inventively tweaks coincidence to create a fantasy tale as welcome as a breath of fresh tropical air. Ever since her mother died when Nim was a baby, the girl and Jack, her scientist father, have lived on a remote island. When Jack sails off on a three-day trip to collect plankton, Nim stays behind with her three best friends: a sea lion, a marine iguana and a green sea turtle. But a storm disables Jack's boat, and Nim remains alone for a full two weeks, in contact with her father only through notes delivered by a frigate bird. As the author describes the girl's daily routine of foraging for food, doing chores and playing with her pals, she neatly slips into her narrative slivers of information about the tropical habitat (e.g., Chica the sea turtle returns each year to lay her eggs on Nim's island, where Chica was hatched). A story within a story emerges as Nim strikes up an e-mail correspondence with an author who begins writing an adventure novel set on an island that looks exactly like Nim's. With ample doses of suspense and comedy, and a pleasingly sappy happily-ever-after ending, the tale portrays the improbable so cleverly that readers will want to believe everything about the likable Nim and her idyllic isle. Pen-and-ink drawings that resemble Quentin Blake's bring these enchanting characters and setting to life. Ages 9-12. (Mar.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 2-5-Nim lives on the most beautiful island in the world (its location is a closely guarded secret) with a marine iguana, a sea lion, and her scientist dad, Jack. When he goes off to explore the world of plankton, the child occupies herself with typical Swiss Family Robinson-like chores and keeping her dad's batteries charged so she can check his e-mail on the laptop computer. When his boat becomes disabled, Nim's link to humanity becomes Alex Rover, the author of the novel she's reading, who has e-mailed Jack with some scientific questions. They correspond frequently, Nim giving Alex advice on building a raft out of coconuts, and Alex uncannily picturing spots on the island in her current book. A violent storm and volcanic eruption toward the end result in Nim saving the day, and the three characters set up life together on their paradise. And all of this occurs amid a clever plan to divert evil tourists from ever finding the island. If readers can suspend belief long enough to accept this plot, they will have a great time with this modern survival/adventure story. Children will love this unshakable, strong female character and the zany things that happen to her. They'll also enjoy the way adults seem to bungle everything. There are plenty of sketches to add visuals to this wild tale, which never loses its momentum. Teachers can springboard many geographic or scientific studies off this novel as they read it aloud, but kids can just enjoy the fun.
Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I run a homeschooler bookgroup with incurably picky tastes. The kids love books. They devour them by the cartload. But if you want to get their attention and really get them to love a given book, that book should contain lots of enjoyable cuddly animals. Finding them books of this nature has fast become my life's calling. I want to give them worthwhile reading material on the one hand, but also let them read the kinds of books they can really love on the other. So when, "Nim's Island" fell into my lap it was like manna from heaven. Cute animals? Check. Small pictures for the kids who still need them? Check. Fast-paced enjoyable storyline with a fairly original conceit and wonderful location? Check, check, and check. All in all, "Nim's Island" could have been written purely for the sake of giving kids books they'd really like to read. It's fun and funny and when it comes to bookgroups, few titles are more ideal than this.

Nim Rusoe and her father don't live your ordinary life. Some people dream of a tropical island entirely of their own. Nim and her father Jack live that dream. When her mother was taken to the bottom of the ocean by a whale (all do to a tourism company's interference), Nim's father picked up his baby girl and took her to a remote isle hidden away behind deadly coral reefs. There, Nim has grown up alongside the motherly sea lion Selkie and her best iguana pal, Fred. Now her father, a scientist specializing in plankton, has gone off to find a particularly interesting strain. He'll only be gone a day or two and Nim should be safe enough on the island. Should be. Unfortunately, when Jack's boat gets delayed by a break, things start to get dangerous for Nim.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wendy Orr is a great author! Nim is a girl who has some rough times! Her mother died when she was young, and her father left her to go on a trip for an experiment. She is very brave! This is a five star book, and I love it because I've always wanted a little tree house or a place of my own. Nim has her own island! Nim's Island is a book for 8-10 year old kids who always wanted a place of their own like me. Using her father's laptop, she meets a famous but shy author named Alex. Alex has many questions about Nim and her animal friends. Will Nim survive, and what will her adventures be? Will Nim's and Alex's relationship become more than just e-mailing each-other? Will you ever know the answer to these questions? I bet you will if you follow my advice and read this amazing survival fiction story, Nim's Island!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anne Boynton on January 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is the best book I've ever read, and I've read lots of books. It is exciting but not too scarey. It's got animals in it (I'm a great fan of animals). The vocabulary is easy and the story zips along. The characters are realistic enough to make the story seem true. It makes me feel excited, like I am going to go to Nim's island. It has a good sense of humor but not so funny that the humor takes away the sense of adventure. The only thing that could be better is if there are more books about Nim! I think that this book is suited for all ages above 5. Anyone with a taste for adventure and who appreciates the beauty of nature will love this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this book Wendy Orr describes the island very well. It has helped me describe things in my writing. Nim's mother died. She had drowned, and was never seen again. Nim has a long adventure while her father is away. Nim has her pet iguana and mother-like friend, Selkie to help her along the way. One day Nim answers her dad's email, and starts emailing her online friend, Alex (Alexandera). Alex is an author. Nim and alex build a strong relationship. If you would like to hear the wonderful endig, read the book. I read this book for the global reading challege, but I still enjoyed this descriptive tale of a girl named Nim alot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was really good. I read it when i was in 4th grade. I would recomand this book to anyone who likes andventures. The illistrations where very good. It was about a girl stuck on a island with out her parents. While she is on the island she trys to figure out where her parents are. But i thought this book was really good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a book that you should read if you didnt get to yet. If you didn't I will tell you only a little bit of it because I don't want to give the whole story away. This book is kinda about a girl named Nim she lives on a island with her Dad she dosen't live with her Mom because she died when Nim was little. Also Nim lives with animlas on the island but I can name them all. If u haven't read this book and you want to all I'm going to say is you will love this book. If you like to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MMM on June 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Great read! My child just poured through this book before the movie was even out. Loved the book so much more than the movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was an outstanding book. I enjoyed reading it greatly. I would deffinately read it again and recommend others to read it. I was very unique and interesting, a book filled with adventure, excitement and love. It's very descriptive and well written. It's about a girl whose father goes away at sea, leaving her alone on the tropical island where she lives. She takes on a lot of responsibility but also enjoys spending time with her friends. I loved the book and the next time I go to the library I am going to look for another book by Wendy Orr, the same author who created this wonderful story.
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