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12 January 2012 ·

Treasure Map

Following the blog on story mapping, a mother sent me a map her daughter had drawn: it was to be a treasure map, but also became Nim’s island.

One of the nicest things about being sent things like this is that it reminds me of exactly who I’m writing for: kids who can still throw themselves whole-heartedly into the game of make-believe that is part of reading. There’s nothing better than the proof that someone has taken your story on board so completely that it becomes their own.

(And notice the ‘aged’ paper. Isn’t that wonderful!)


  1. The map maker Thank you for putting my map up. I liked the picture that you sent to me.
    January 14, 2012 at 11:53 am · Reply
  2. Wendy Orr And thank you for sending it to me. I'm very glad to hear you liked the picture of Selkie and me too!
    January 14, 2012 at 11:59 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