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Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960)

by Scott O'Dell

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Series: Island of the Blue Dolphins (1)

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Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
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 Name that Book: Found: Island of blue dolphins read alike4 unread / 4zachb85, September 2021

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This was a favorite of mine when I was young, and I loved reading it with my daughter this month. As an adult, I was struck by how determined, resourceful, and brave Karana is. I also researched the true story behind the book a bit and was fascinated to learn more about the history. There are some dark moments, but it led to great discussions. ( )
1 vote bookworm12 | Apr 19, 2024 |
Native American, Historical, Survival ( )
  BDent114 | Dec 1, 2023 |
AR: 5.4
  ASSG.Library | Dec 1, 2023 |
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.
  PlumfieldCH | Sep 23, 2023 |
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Based on actual events, this is an adventure story of an Indian girl living on the island of San Nicolas off the California coast. With her adaptability and resilience, she survived alone on the island for eighteen years. Some cultural information on island lifeways is included. Illustrated with twelve full-page watercolors.
 
Convincing and beautifully written. A fact-based tale...it manages to have warmth and suspense.
added by ArrowStead | editSaturday Review
 
Years of research must have gone into this book to turn historical fact into so moving and lasting an experience.
added by ArrowStead | editHorn Book
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Scott O'Dellprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cardinal, TantooNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gil Lasierra, AgustínTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewin, TedIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowry, LoisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChristinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Plancherel-Walter, RoswithaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Clare
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I remember the day the Aleut ship came to our island.
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Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

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Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

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