Wendy Orr

Wendy Orr's books have been published in over 27 countries.
Wendy Orr is an award-winning author of children's, YA and adult fiction whose books have been published in dozens of countries worldwide. (Pajama Press)

Wendy Orr's books have been published in 27 countries and won awards worldwide. Her books Nim's Island and Nim at Sea were inspired by a story about a young girl running away from home that Orr wrote at only nine years old and have also been adapted into feature films starring Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler.

Her latest children's book Dragonfly Song combines elements of fantasy with prose and poetry to re-imagine the mythology of ancient Crete into the coming of age story of a young girl named Aissa. Dragonfly Song was the winner of the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for children's nonfiction and the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, children's literature, both in Australia.     

Dragonfly Song was a finalist for the $50,000 2018 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.   

Books by Wendy Orr


The middle-grade author talks to Here and Now about the inspiration for her fantastical novel.