Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O'Dell

127 ratings 184 reviews 216 followers
Interest Level Reading Level Reading A-Z ATOS Word Count
Grades 4 - 8 Grades 10 - 9 V 5.4 40531

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.

Publisher: PUFFIN
ISBN-13: 9780141368627
ISBN-10: 0141368624
Published on 7/7/2016
Binding: Paperback

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My class and I read this book. Karana faces many challenges and is really brave. I love her relationship with Rontu.

My class and I spent so long reading this book but it was worth it because it is very inspiring. (spoiler alert don't read the rest of this comment after this: My teacher cried after Rontu's death and so did 10 other people)

ILES sandbox ILES sandbox

I LOVED it so good.

I loved the book! Karana faces dangerous situations. this story shows a lot of bravery. True story. I highly recommend this book.

This is such a good book! It shows bravery and takes the reader on a journey . I highly recommend this book. Please like this if you agree!

This story is a lesson... Karana lives on an island that is plentiful, and fits the needs of herself, and her tribe. But when Russian hunters came to her island, the good life was vanquished. The Russians killed most of the tribe, and left with the riches of the island. But one summer day, a ship of American men come to save the tribe, and take them to the new land. Karana hurries to pack, only to jump from the ship to save her brother, who is later killed. Karana suffers through nearly twenty years alone on her island, with only her dog for company. And even after a devastating tsunami, she is trapped on her island. But one day, as she watches the ocean horizon, she sees a ship with white sails. Will this be her saving grace...or will it be the death of her?

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Marybeth Marybeth

It’s well written and interesting. However, it is pretty violent and scary. Our son (9) was very upset when her brother died. He’s normally not emotional so I was surprised. He really connected to the character and was heartbroken. I would say 10 and up.

I love how the book explains her survival methods. I also love her relationship with the wolf.

Evelyn Evelyn

This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

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