By GreatSchools Staff
Nim's Island, by Wendy Orr, illustrated by Kerry Millard
Yearling Books (2001), $5.50
Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's
Take a spunky heroine competently surviving on her own on a deserted island (the ultimate kid fantasy). Add in animal friends who seem to understand, the vaguest of villains hovering in the background, a smattering of scientific information effortlessly absorbed, and a very satisfying conclusion. Then write it in a breezy style, making the various pieces of the story fit together in a nicely coincidental, jigsaw-puzzle way. All together it makes for one delightful story. 125 pages.
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