Nim's Island. Poster of the 2008 movie and cover of the 1999 book
Nim's Island
Wendy Orr, 1999
movie vs book
Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, 2008

11-year-old Nim lives with her widower marine biologist father Jack Rusoe on a South Pacific island. Jack has told Nim that her mother Emily died when she was swallowed by a blue whale after it was scared by a ship called The Buccaneer. Nim has several native animals for company: Selkie the sea lion, Fred the bearded dragon, Chica the sea turtle, and Galileo the pelican.