Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

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Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches.

Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply.

More than this, it is an adventure of the spirit that will haunt the reader long after the book has been put down. Karana's quiet courage, her Indian self-reliance and acceptance of fate, transform what to many would have been a devastating ordeal into an uplifting experience. From loneliness and terror come strength and serenity in this Newbery Medal-winning classic.

In celebration of the book's 50th anniversary, this edition has a stunning new look, and an introduction by Lois Lowry, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, [2010], c1990.
Edition: 50th anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780547424835
Branch Call Number: j F O'DELL S
Characteristics: xi, 177 pages, [12] leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewin, Ted


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Aug 15, 2017

I love this book. I've read it a couple times already. A true story that teaches survival and friendship.

Aug 14, 2017

I love this book because it teaches about survival and life skills over all I think it was a great book.

May 24, 2017

One of my favorite books. A great survival story.

ArapahoeKati Dec 29, 2016

This book held my attention as a sixth-grader and as a reread just this last year, it was still excellent. Very loosely based on a true story.

AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

I reread this childhood favorite of mine and was not surprised that I loved it so much. It's still awesome.

Aug 16, 2016

I loved this book! It had so much detail, and the main character, Karana was so fearless and creative. I really liked all her animal friends too.

Aug 10, 2015

This is a very thought-provoking book and is a great read. I loved it very much.

Jun 05, 2015

One of my ALL time favoured books! It kept me wondering and reading, until the very end. Quite a rollercoaster

Mar 04, 2015

i like it a lot

Jan 04, 2015

Ranks high on mightly girl power, but low on Native sensitivity/accuracy. See this blog post by Debbie Reese for a good overview of this book's flaws --

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georginabm Sep 20, 2014

One day in the 1800s, a boat comes to take the people of the island of the blue dolphins away. One girl is left behind. Over 18 year she must find away to protect herself.

Roxannajayc Jul 24, 2012

An Indian girl has been left alone on an island by her tribe. Will she find the strength and the courage to survive?


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