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 ...
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.
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Alone, on a deserted island. No weapons. Animal predators lurking where you can't see. A need for food. A drive for survival. That pretty much covers Karana's life, when her tribe sails away, and leaves her in the remains of living by herself, for years to come. There's numerous things she has to teach herself how to do--and many things that she'll discover that she will not do again. She has to learn exactly how to fend for herself--it's a life or death matter. After all, no one may ever come back to find her...
Awesome book, very eccentric--Not your average read!
You'll have to find out how Karana becomes courageous enough to take on her natural state of isolation.
Ronald B B
May 26, 2011
This writer makes you feel like these things are going on all around you, you think you are there. When a writer can make you visualize, without a big screen t.v., they are doing something right.
Sep 10, 2010
I read the book Island of the blue dolphin in 4th grade and I remember loving it. I read it in class with my teachers help so Im sure most 5th/6th graders could read it. I work at a bookstore now so when I found it on the shelfs I was overcome with memories. Im going to give it to my 5th grade brother to read. hopefully he will love it. I recommend this book to youngsters.
Dec 31, 2009
This is a story to study with 6th & 7th Graders.A historical fiction that teaches respect for life, forgiveness , adapting to situations & being self-reliant.
May 6, 2008
I first read this at a friend's house when I was a little girl, because I didn't have many books (I know, boo hoo). I'm making up for it now. Anyway, it's a man-against-nature adventure, but it was even more exciting to me as a little girl, because it was about a young girl who gets stranded on an island, along with her brother. He gets killed by wild dogs, and then she has to fend for herself. She must build shelter, find food, and fight off the dogs. She even makes weapons, which it was forbidden for women to do. She was on the island for 18 years, from 1835-1853. It made me wonder how I would fare (not well). I then bought this book for my daughters when they were old enough to read. They also loved it. Then we discovered it was made into a movie, and we watched it together. I was pleased to see that it stayed true to the book.
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