Island of the Blue Dolphins
Books | Young Adult Fiction / People & Places / United States / Native American
Scott O’Dell's Newbery Medal-winning classic is a gripping tale of survival, strength, and courage. Based on the true story of a Nicoleño Indian girl living alone on an island off the coast of California, Island of the Blue Dolphins has captivated readers for generations.On San Nicolas Island, dolphins flash in the surrounding blue waters, sea otter play in the vast kelp beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches. Here, in the early 1800s, a girl named Karana spent eighteen years alone.Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that killed her younger brother, constantly guard against Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply. Her courage, self-reliance, and grit has inspired millions of readers in this breathtaking adventure.As Smithsonian magazine put it: "For kids all over the country, reading the book in language arts classes, Karana is a powerful symbol of their growing independence. Through her, they can imagine themselves making their way in the world alone—and thriving."
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"I’ve heard many people talk about how amazing this book is yet I personally, did not feel that way. I do have respect for the author and the way of which the story is told, but it didn’t grip my attention like I hoped it would. It was an interesting subject matter to read about but the concept of time was hard to grasp and it was hard to get an understanding of the main characters emotions as they were scarcely described. This type of story focusing on survival has never been a book I long to read. I have read books similar to this and I’ve had this experience with those as well. If you’re someone who likes books about survival and the main character being some form of stranded, this is probably something you will enjoy. It isn’t super action packed but it is interesting in some places. Though I didn’t really enjoy this book, I hope you do."
"It’s really good if you like adventures "
"So so awesome "