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23 September 2007 ·

What if Everyone in Rye Read the Same Book?

(And the book is Nim’s Island)

Here’s the Rye Primary School library bulletin board. I had the most fabulous time there two weeks ago, when I opened their ‘What if Everyone in Rye read the same book?’ event. The band played, I cut a huge (and delicious!) cake – and best of all,met some fantastic kids and their super enthusiastic teaching staff. I think this project is quite incredible, and kids and staff all need to be commended for it. With their teachers’ support, the kids in the Library Enhancement Group wrote to me to invite to their opening, organised the cake, the school band, and various other things behind the event… and now, as well as everyone in the school being encouraged to read Nim’s Island or have their parents read it to them, they’re going to take copies out to the Shire Offices, the Bowls Club, down the street to the local shops, so that wherever you go in Rye, you can chat to anyone you meet about the book.

I’d think this was the most fantastic, community & literature project I’ve ever heard of no matter what the book was. And that it’s Nim’s Island…. well, that’s just incredibly special.

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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