Island of the Blue Dolphins (Paperback)

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This timeless
classic is one of my favorites. I remember reading about Karana, the young
Indian girl surviving alone on her island, and being totally immersed in
her story, as though I was feeling both her strength and isolation. Based
on a true story and winner of the Newbery Medal in 1961, it still, to this day,
holds the same fascination for me. Ages 9-12.

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— Kathie

This timeless classic is one of my favorites. I remember reading about Karana, the young Indian girl surviving alone on her island, and being totally immersed in her story, as though I was feeling both her strength and isolation. Based on a true story and winner of the Newbery Medal in 1961, it still, to this day, holds the same fascination for me

— From Kathie

Description


1961 Newbery Medal Winner

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.

About the Author


Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.

Praise For…


"A haunting and unusual story based on the fact that in the early 1800s an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone on a rocky island far off the coast of California . . . A quiet acceptance of fate characterizes her ordeal." School Library Journal, Starred

"O'Dell tells the miraculous story of how Karana forages on land and in the ocean, clothes herself (in a green-cormorant skirt and an otter cape on special occasions), and secures shelter. Perhaps even more startlingly, she finds strength and serenity living alone on the island. This beautiful edition of Island of the Blue Dolphins is enriched with 12 full-page watercolor paintings by Ted Lewin, illustrator of more than 100 children's books, including Ali, Child of the Desert. A gripping story of battling wild dogs and sea elephants, this simply told, suspenseful tale of survival is also an uplifting adventure of the spirit." Amazon.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9780547328614
ISBN-10: 0547328613
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 8th, 2010
Pages: 192
Language: English