Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr – Now a Movie!

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*Note: I read this in December for the Searfaring challenge but as it was the only book I got around to reading for it, I didn’t bother posting a review. Boy was I shocked and delighted to see they’ve made a movie about it, and it’s in theatres now!

So in light of this, I thought I should review the book.

Stars: ****1/2

Summary: 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.

I really liked this story. It’s a book for grades 3-5 so it’s fairly short. It’s sort of like a shorter, simpler, more modern version of Island of the Blue Dolphins so far as the main portion of the story is a girl alone at sea, fending for herself. It’s more modern because of the internet chat.

I’m not sure what else to say since I read it 4 months ago but I do think it will make a great movie, especially with the actors that are in it. I do think one should read the book first though.

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I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.