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Wendy Orr is the internationally published and award-winning author of more than thirty books, ranging from picture books to adult. In 2008 Nim’s Island was released as a Hollywood feature film starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler; Return to Nim’s Island, based on Nim at Sea and starring Bindi Irwin as Nim, followed in 2013. Her most recent book is the third in the series, Rescue on Nim’s Island, published in 2014 by Allen & Unwin and is in development as a film. Her next book, Dragonfly Song, will be released in July 2016 by Allen & Unwin. Wendy Orr photo by Roger Gould ‘But the mist was creeping down from the high moors, and the Legion marched into it, straight into it, and it licked them up and flowed together behind them, and they were gone as though they had marched from one world into another.’ I was thirteen when I first read that sentence in Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth, which in 2011 became the film The Eagle. The language drew me in as surely as the lost legion was drawn into the mist. The story is of a young Roman centurion, who, on recuperating from the wounds that have invalided him out of the army, heads into the wilds of northern England to recover the lost eagle standard of his father’s legion. However, what drew me was the combination of this powerful adventure