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25 December 2008 ·

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to Everyone! And here are pictures of Nim showing off her Girl Scout sash – she is an honourary member of the Girl Scouts of North East New York, the troupe that initiated the Nim’s Island patch. They sent me her official sash a couple of months ago (unfortunately I mislaid my camera battery charger for a while – it was still in the suitcase from the premiere trip!). But now that my camera is functioning again, Nim wanted to show off her sash. Her patch is on the other side of the sash, and these badges are all ones that the girls of her troupe felt that she’d earned during the course of the book. I understand that they had to prove their decisions to the leader and that it led to quite a lot of animated discussions!

And since it’s Christmas, here is Bear, aged 16 1/2, dreaming of what’s going to arrive under the tree. (And yes, that is his basket under the tree, and no, he doesn’t like to sleep in it at night – so we finally gave in and cover the couch with old sheets at bedtime…)

So I’m sending a wish for everyone to have a Christmas, Hanukah, or whatever festival you celebrate, that’s just as peaceful as Bear is here.


  1. Anonymous hello wendy! its me hannah from florida! i hope you had a wonderful holiday! i thinks its great what the Girl Scouts did, making Nim a Girl Scout, very cool!
    December 29, 2008 at 10:11 am · Reply
  2. Wendy In some ways it seems like the biggest honour I've received - it taps into the spirit of the book. And besides, I think Nim would love being a girl scout (if she lived somewhere with a few more people!)

    Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season - and have a very happy new year!
    December 29, 2008 at 10:14 am · Reply
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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