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 lion to mother her and an iguana for comic relief. She also has an interesting new e-mail pal — famed adventure novelist Alex Rover.
But then her father's cell-phone calls stop coming, she falls and injures her knee, and a ferocious storm approaches the island. To Nim's surprise, Alex comes to help — but she's not nearly as capable as her protagonists are! Nim has to be stronger and braver than she's ever been before. And she'll need all her friends to help her.
Nim's Island is featured in A Mighty Girl's collection of the Top Read Aloud Books Starring Mighty Girls.To learn about the 2008 feature film adaptation of this book starring Abigail Breslin, visit the Nim's Island film page.
"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." — School Library Journal
"Kerry Millard's small pen-and-ink illustrations extend the book's lively humor, action, and fantasy. Suggest this to youngsters seeking a solid, adventurous page-turner and to teachers looking for a fun upper-elementary read-aloud." — Booklist
|8 - 12
|Jun 11, 2002