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Nim's Island

(Nim #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,270 ratings  ·  535 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 1999)
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Deborah Markus
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Omg I loved this! This is what I wanted Pippi Longstocking to be but it wasn't. Can't wait to read it in a couple of years with the munchkin. ...more
May 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Mar 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
This is officially the last book in my "2017 Lite and Fluffy" reading challenge. I think a very young YA (maybe even juvenile) is the perfect ending. I loved the movie "Nim's Island" it was fun and just the right amount of scary for young children. The book was equally enjoyable and kept my attention. I hope that doesn't say something negative about me. It was just a good story. ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nim's Island was all kinds of cute. Now I've definitely seen the movie before diving into the book but it has been a while since I've actually watched it. So I will admit that I was a little surprised by what happened to her mom in the beginning because I couldn't remember if that was mentioned in the movie.

I still don't know the answer to that question either and maybe one day I will. Or someone can just me out of my misery and give me the answer. Maybe.

Back to the book, so this was just a rea
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!
Isabelle Miles
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Ivonne Rovira
Dec 06, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Audible Sale
Some children’s books are what I jokingly call “wasted on children” — books so good that adults, too, will adore them: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, The Book Thief, The Little Prince, The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Dumb Bunnies, Charlotte's Web, The Magic Thief, Just Grace.

But that doesn’t apply to Wendy Orr’s Nim’s Island? I’m sure that there are 8- to 10-year-olds who will savor this tale of a modern-day The Swiss Family Robinson, but adults
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this to my third graders. Really perfect for their age group. High vocabulary but not unreachable. Very engaging story with plenty of female heroes!
Trish Bachman
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Nim's Island is an easy to read story about an incredible girl who becomes the hero of her own story. ...more
Sarah Arwen
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I put on my physical To Read List, recommended by dear Gwyn over four(!) years ago(??) I FINALLY FOUND A COPY AND READ IT AND IT WAS SO WORTH IT. At first I thought it was going to just be a children's book version of the movie (which I also love) but it was a lot more than just the movie, going different directions and was much deeper with Alex (she's a lot more cool and wonderful here). I also am going through a phase currently where I want to live on an island in a tre ...more
This was a fun read, lighthearted and full to the brim of innocence. Breathe of fresh island air. Recommend.
A short but really fun and creative read.
I wish I could live on this island, or at least have discovered this book when I was a kid.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I listened to this book while my 11 year-old read it for a school book report. It was a cute little chapter book about Nim, who lives on an island with her dad, Jack. She writes to Alex Rover, a real-life author who lives far away, and sends pleas for help when her dad doesn’t come back.
Reading is my Escape
Delightfully fun adventure story
In a palm tree, on an island, in the middle of the wide blue sea, was a girl.
-first sentence
That was what Nim called it, because soccer was the only ball game she'd ever seen a picture of -- and because nobody else has ever thought of a name for a game with a girl, a sea lion, a turtle, and an iguana all trying to be the first to get a floating coconut to shore.
-Chapter 6
Nim loved the ocean because it was always there, wherever she looked and as far as she cou
Annmarie Hernandez
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nim's Island was a phenomenal,adventurous,and suspenseful book. The amazing adventures Nim went through were scary and risky to Nim's life. Throughout the story I felt as if I was climbing cliffs with her and going on great adventures with her. I recommend this book to people who like suspenseful,adventurous, and books that keep you on the edge of your seat.I believe you should read this book mostly because the way Nim reacts to problems makes you wish you were there to experience the adventure ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This book is delightful. My ten-year-old daughter and I read it together, and it led us to explore coral reefs, frigate birds, green sea turtles, seaweed and kelp, and seahorses, leafy sea dragons, weedy sea dragons, and pipefish (all members of the genus Hippocampus, which is the only genus where the male gives birth instead of the female.) It was a perfect book for a kiddo who is currently crazy about marine life. It is a clever, exciting adventure with a happy ending.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-stuff
2017: I love reading this to my second graders every year. When we finished today they clapped and are so excited to watch the movie because they love the book. <3

2018: This year my students all had their own book to read along with. I love sharing this fun story with them and listening to their theories!
Kathy Talbot
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I listened to this audio book with you girls and we thoroughly enjoyed it. A great adventure story of an independent girl and her animal friends. Book much better than the movie!
Allison Brewer
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this with my kids for their summer book club. It is a very cute story.
We loved this as a read-aloud book!
D.j. Lang
Jun 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this were an adult book, I would be giving it 3 stars, but as a children's book, it's definitely 4 stars. I had an immediate childlike reaction to it going back to my childhood reading Pippi Longstockings. Nim did not get herself into the same kind of trouble as Nim who is a thoroughly likable character. As an adult, the book is an easy read (a couple of hours max). I read it because one of the language arts sets our school carries (Lightning Literature 4) includes the book as part of their c ...more
Jul 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Charming book about an intrepid girl who has been raised on an island by her scientist father. She grows vegetables, runs what tech they have, fishes, and, in general, takes care of herself. All is well until her father's 3 day cruise lengthens due to storms etc. Nim does not lose heart. She repels invaders, saves the technology, and even makes a new friend. ...more
Mary Frances
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic book! Reminiscent of Swiss Family Robinson. Full of adventure and fun animals and ideas to stop and research (e.g. what does sulphur smell like?). From age 2-9 we all loved every minute of this read aloud.
My daughter and I enjoyed reading a chapter a night together. The premise is good and characters are cute but the execution is a little lackluster. We had fun reading about Nim's adventures though. It was one of the better options in the battle of the books selections. ...more
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did when I was a kid, but it's still pretty cute. ...more
Faeli Kathryn
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I needed something short and light. This was a sweet, fantastical sort of story that I can see myself recommending to my little sister.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reagan (5) and I (over 30) read this together and really enjoyed it! As a frequent watcher of the show “Octonauts” we were particularly excited to have knowledge of sea iguanas! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series together!
Got My Book
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Also posted on my blog Got My Book.

An enchanting MG Contemporary Fantasy

Nim's Island by Wendy Orr, read by Kate Reading, published by Blackstone Audio (2008) / Length: 2 hrs 25 min

This is Book #1 of 3 in the Nim series. It is the only one available on audio.

It could be argued that this book is not really fantasy, it is just a book about a very imaginative little girl who is good with animals. That's probably true; but it reads more like a fantasy than a stra
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