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Nim's Island

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,169 ratings  ·  318 reviews
A girl. An iguana. An island. And e-mail. Meet Nim–a modern-day Robinson Crusoe! She can chop down bananas with a machete, climb tall palm trees, and start a fire with a piece of glass. So she’s not afraid when her scientist dad sails off to study plankton for three days, leaving her alone on their island. Besides, it’s not as if no one’s looking after her–she’s got a sea ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 11th 2002 by Yearling (first published January 1st 1999)
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Deborah Markus
This is one of several reviews I wrote for the late Secular Homeschooling Magazine. We ran an article about homeschoolers in fiction, and I rated a lot of YA novels based on how good they were and how well they handled homeschooling. Mostly, homeschoolers were hauled out as the reliable weirdos in story after story; but it was still fun to do lots of reading and call it my job.

So: Nim's Island.

Category: Oceanic-adventure unschooling.

Summary: Nim Rusoe lives with her scientist father Jack on a se
I read this book to my second graders and we all enjoyed it. Even the boys liked it, which was a concern when I first pulled it out and overheard comments from some of them about it being a "girl's book." I guess anything with a girl as the main character qualifies as a girl's book. The fact that she had a machete early on in the book seemed to help tremendously.
In my children's lit class a few years back, we discussed the fact that many beloved children's novels center around characters who ha
I read this book to my students. Many of them were excited about the movie. I tried to convince them that the movie we create in our heads when we read is better than the one we see when someone else creates it. They loved it!
Mar 09, 2008 Bianca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jeana
I would give this book a hundred stars if I could. I liked it because I am a girl who likes adventure, and it was about adventure.
El primer libro que "recuerdo con todo detalle" haber leído.
Con "La isla de Nim" me teletransporté a una isla desierta (bueno, Nim vivía la mayor parte del tiempo solita ya que su padre se iba de aventuras y la dejaba sola en la isla, todo muy normal vaya jajaja). Pero lo que más más me gustaba era que podía hablar con una iguana, una tortuga y una foca... UNA FOCA!!! *O* A los 9 años quien no quiere tener una foca o una tortuga como mascota y que encima puedas comunicarte con ellas?? Y a parte,
This is a very sweet story of a simple girl called Nim. She and her father live on an uncharted island and Nim helps her father Jack with his science experiments and research. With Selkie and Fred tagging along for the fun.

Orr has written this in such a beautiful way. There are no sweeping descriptions of the island and panoramic like explanations. They are detailed but short enough that do their job to create the perfect image. In addition, the narration from each characters point of view keeps
Isabelle Miles
Aug 06, 2012 Isabelle Miles rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls who love adventure
Recommended to Isabelle by: I saw the movie
I read a book called Nim's Island by one of my new favorite authors named Wendy Orr. It's about a girl named Nim. Her mom and dad are scientists, and when Nim was 1 her mom went to study a whale's stomach. Nim's mom was swallowed by the whale and never seen again. Nim's dad decided to sail the ocean to look for the whale that swallowed his wife. They sailed the ocean for 3 years, and then Nim's dad decided that Nim was ready to explore more than just the small sailboat. They stopped on a beautif ...more
I picked this up mostly because I knew Wendy Orr lived in Australia, and I wanted to study some Australian voices. It turned out to be the kind of book I love: the kind that opens up a whole, vivid world inside your head, with relatively few words. I kind of feel about the island like I feel about Narnia, and I'm now actively avoiding the movie so as not to spoil that feeling.

Nim's a wonderful heroine. Her favourite tool is a machete, her best friends are a sea lion and an iguana, and she's a c
Rebecca McNutt
I loved the story and Nim as a character, she reminded me of Grace from The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines. But I found the constant e-mails and cell phones mentioned to be very annoying, I hate cell phones and in a story that doesn't really need all that stuff, it seems out of place.
I have a 6 year old son. Every night, we read 3 stories to him. For the last several years, one of those stories has been a chapter out of a chapter book. So far, out of the chapter books we've read, this one is our favorite. It's exciting and adventurous, managing to keep the attention of both my kiddo AND me.

Nim and her father, Jack, live alone on a beautiful, tropical island, but for the length of the book, Jack is stuck out at sea. The story is Nim's adventure on the island while Jack strug
My 3rd grader absolutely loved this book and her teacher gave her the opportunity to take the movie home to watch as a family this weekend. It was really cool to see her be able to explain what was happening in the story and then watch her annoyance grow as the last third of the movie did not stay true to the book. I told her it was the first of many experiences she'd have in which the book is always better than the movie! I promised I'd read the book as well though so I could be involved in her ...more
Amy Musser
Nim lives on a small island in the middle of the ocean with her scientist father, Jack. She might not have any human friends, but she has plenty of animal ones. There’s Selkie the sea lion who mothers her, the always hungry iguana Fred, and Chica the sea turtle who visits the island once a year to lay her eggs on the beach. But Nim’s idyllic life is disrupted by two small things that end up changing Nim’s life in a big way. First, Jack leaves the island to study algae in the ocean, but he’s gon ...more
A fun read, with a heroine who is not only brave and resourceful, but helps a shy woman to develop her own inner resources. It is entertaining and touching in parts, especially for girls and mothers, but I think plot relies heavily on technology which may eventually date the text. Also, while it's good to see a girl who is an active hero in a story, the plot resolution really relied on underlying gender stereotypes. This bothered me particularly as it was subtle and aimed at children.

[Mom note - I really wish this had been better written. The setting and the story line are fun and exciting. The author has nice craft and can put together an excellent description, but on the whole it seemed like this story was phoned in and slapped together as quickly as possible.:]
Nim lives on an isolated island with Jack, a scientist that raised her. Nim pals around the island with her animal friends and fends for herself when Jack takes research trips. Above all, Nim fears a group of tourists that inadvertently led to her mother's disappearance. Nim must work with her friends and an adventure writer to avoid the Troppo Tourists and survive a huge storm.

Nim's Island would be appropriate for readers between nine and twelve years old. Readers that enjoy realistic adventur
David Seow
Wendy Orr is one of my favorite Children's authorsl.What can one say about Nim's Island, it's an engaging read, fun, exciting and a timeless classic.
I got this at the Audible Kids sale - well worth it! This is a classic deserted island with coconuts, fish, and a father and daughter happily living in isolation (except for the satellite dish for the internet and the solar panels to charge the phone and laptop.) When her father goes out in a boat to observe plankton, Nim is happy alone with her friends the sea lion, the marine iguana and the green turtle. She begins an email correspondence with an author and one thing leads to another. Her fath ...more
I read this aloud with a student (nine-year-old boy) as something fun and easy. He read it to me, and loved the animals and adventure, but needed prompting comprehending the subtleties of the story, as far as the identity mishaps and Alex Rover not being a hero like the characters in her books.

I loved reading books about kids on their own when I was young (The Boxcar Children, Baby Island), and this is a likeable contemporary addition to that cannon. I like that Nim had to deal with satellites
Apr 10, 2014 Nim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any daydreamers or wannabe adventurers
The fact that the heroine of this story has the same name as me kind of meant that I HAD to read it. Don't be put off by the younger kids tag. It made me laugh and hold my breath so many times that I couldn't put it down for two days! I found myself imagining that I was the one climbing volcanoes, eating freshly picked coconuts for breakfast, and rescuing world famous authors from the ocean.
If you've seen the film, you MUST read the book. Even more so if you haven't. It has wit, creativity, and
Nim's Island was a great adventure for a younger audience or someone who just wants a quick, fun book. Nim has lived on an island with her father since she was a baby, but she loves the every day adventures with her sea lion and iguana friends. I loved watching Nim as she survived alone on the island and helped an emailer with a question about coconut rafts. There was a lot of fun and games between Nim and all the various animals that lived on the island. This book also shows the close relations ...more
I picked this up because my daughter recently read the book and watched the movie, and enjoyed both. It's a terrific adventure tale, especially for tween girls. Throwing plausibility aside, it was fun to imagine myself as Nim, living a life of self-sufficiency and adventure on a gorgeous tropical island with her cool scientist dad. When trouble arose, it was easy to feel for Nim, and hope that her e-mail buddy Alex would reach her in time to lend a hand. This would be a fun book to read together ...more
My 7 year old is obsessed with this book and its sequel. I found it on a random booklist for 2nd graders and checked it out from the library. Spot on. Family friendly and age appropriate. The movie cover version of this book didn't interest her (that whole book/cover judging thing) but she did pick it up and MAN is it right up her alley so-to-speak. She blew through it and read it over many times in the next couple of weeks while we waited for Nim at Sea to transfer to our library. We watched th ...more
Susan Wight
Nim lives a self-sufficient lifestyle on an island with her scientist dad, Jack, and her friends Selkie the sea lion, a marine iguana called Fred and a turtle called Chica. Together they make and mend whatever they need. Each day they look after their garden, fish for dinner and carry out scientific research on the weather, flora and fauna of the island. When their chores are complete they do ‘school’, which involves climbing cliffs to see birds in their nests, learning the language of dolphins, ...more
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Nim's Island is a great adventure book for children, and I believe it can be enjoyed by independent readers as well as beginning readers sitting alongside a parent as it is read aloud! Having recently visited the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia, which sits along the coast of the Great Barrier Reef, I found that I had rich visualizations throughout reading this story. I was made to feel a little uneasy by the fact that Nim was left alone on the island as only a young girl, but enjoyed t ...more
This was a book I read to my 7 year old. He and I both loved it and we read it very quickly. He loved the fact that Nim picked food from a garden to eat everyday and took care of herself. We also loved how descriptive the author was in the story. We could actuall picture Nim, Fred, Chica and Selkie playing coconut soccer! And we enjoyed Nim's problem solving skills when creating a coconut raft. This book presented some interesting topics to discuss with him also: How would you go about testing s ...more
Mark Dewey
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A girl. An iguana. An island. And e-mail. Meet Nim–a modern-day Robinson Crusoe! She can chop down bananas with a machete, climb tall palm trees, and start a fire with a piece of glass. So she’s not afraid when her scientist dad sails off to study plankton for three days, leaving her alone on their island. Besides, it’s not as if no one’s looking after her–she’s got a sea ...moreA girl. An iguana. An island. And e-mail. Meet Nim–a modern-day Robinson Crusoe! She can chop down bananas with a mach ...more
Marika Gillis
Nim's Island is the story of a little girl, Nim, who lives on a beautiful, deserted island with her father, Jack. Nim's father is a scientist and he leaves Nim alone on the island for three days and three nights in search of interesting plankton. With Jack gone, it is up to Nim to take care of the garden, fish for dinner, check the beaches for anything that may have floated in from the tide, and chop down the tree branches with the ripe bananas. With her sea lion friend, Selkie, and the iguana, ...more
Nim has spent most of her life on a deserted island with her father and she loves it. She has a routine and that routine doesn't change when her father announces that he is going off to search for plankton for three days. Nim decides to stay behind and take care of things at home. She has help--her sea lion friend, Selkie; and her marine iguana friend Fred. She maintains the garden, picking what she needs to eat; she notes the scientific information that her fatherwould want to know; and she che ...more
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