Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Canada, but grew up in various places across Canada, France and the USA. She started writing for children after a career as an occupational therapist. She's the author of many award-winning books and lives on the Mornington Peninsula, near Melbourne.
Gr 2-5-A brief prologue introduces Nim, a self-reliant girl, and her father, Jack, who live on an otherwise uninhabited island. They are joined by Alexandra Rover, a shy adventure writer who travels there to answer Nim's emailed call for help and decides to stay. As this sequel to Nim's Island (Knopf, 2001) opens, Alex and Nim have a quarrel, and she impulsively decides to depart with the supply plane. Before a repentant Nim can tell her father the bad news, Selkie, her sea lion friend, is kidnapped and taken aboard a cruise ship belonging to Troppo Tourists, a company with which Nim and Jack have had several bad encounters. The girl, accompanied by Fred, a marine iguana, swims out and is taken aboard the ship by two employees who assume she is part of a group of snorkelers. There she discovers Selkie imprisoned in a room with other exotic animals that the company's leader plans to sell illegally. With the help of two friendly kids, she comes up with a scheme to rescue the captives. In the end, Nim, Alex, and a very worried Jack all meet up in New York City for a happy ending. The protagonist's upbeat, unflappable affability is convincing enough to carry her through all manner of far-fetched scenarios and coincidences, and readers will happily take the trip right along with her. The line illustrations scattered throughout the book mirror the appealingly breezy and friendly tone of the text.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
'Always exuberant and pacy, Wendy Orr gives readers laughs and a message about ecology and friendship.'Sunday Age, 24/06/07'Orr, aided by Millard's delightful illustrations, takes the reader on an exhilarating adventure.'Good Reading, July 2007'Millard's simple New Yorker-esque line drawing are an effective complement to the story.'Boating New Zealand, July 2007'delightful sequel...another wonderful adventure. With its engaging cover and short action-packed chapters, Nim at Seawill not disappoint fans...enjoyable fantasy adventure.'