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25 July 2006 ·

More searching for titles

For the last month I’ve been searching for a title for the Nim’s Island sequel. The working title was Nim’s New York, which I’d never seen as a good book title – but having called it that for the last year, it hasn’t been easy to find a better one. I’ve done all my usual tricks – meditated, gone for walks, tried to put it right out of my mind, done a very quick read of the whole manuscript hoping words will jump out at me, brainstorm writing, written a tagline (a one sentence synopsis) for the book and meditated again.

And meditating right after working out a tagline came up with one that I think might be it: Nim’s Secret Journey.

Now to wait a few days, see how it seems then and what my publisher and editor think…

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio