Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell

Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O'Dell

  • Category Genre: Culture, Places & People
  • Release Date: 2010-02-08
  • Author: Scott O'Dell
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,034 Ratings)
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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.

In celebration of the book's 50th anniversary, this edition has an introduction by Lois Lowry, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars.

Conclusion: We hope you will enjoy this book. We rated it with 5 stars from 5.

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    By Fire Ruby1
    I love it sooooo much!! I first read it in 5th grade and I fell in love with it like nothing else was important,and I hate reading, so this was a change in my life! I demand if you haven’t read this book, READ IT!!
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins

    By Hertlein loves sloths
    To me the book at the start was about 1% boring. Then when I started to read it more I started to really like it. It is a good book. There are happy and sad parts to the book. Enjoy!!!
  • s_a_c

    By s.ac_
    it was a little boring, but overall it was a good book!!!!
  • Island of the blue dolphin

    By Total cat lover. Sorry dogs.
    It was awesome
  • Humbling

    By 1Marigolds1
    A book that will teach you how small you really are, it'll teach you to look harder at things around you. Scott O'Dell is easily my favorite author, and this is easily my favorite book. Pick it up if you haven't, it's short, I read it in about two days.
  • This book

    By Mbls123
    was great, I don't see why it would be confusing for a fifth grader, I read it in fifth grade and it is now my favorite book of all time, even though she has to survive, it doesn't feel like a survival book to me, it is a very awesome story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes good books I hope that this helped you, like I said it is an awesome book😉😊
  • Worst. Book. Ever.

    By KCHood
    I am not trying to be mean but this book was terrible. I kept thinking that if I read more it would get better but that never happened. It was so boring. There was never any cliff-hangers or any exciting parts. Eventually I just stopped reading the book.
  • Good, but not original.

    By Tootsie Girl
    This book title stood out to me. However, when I started reading, I got bored because it was not original. I can name at least 10 books that are very similar to, if not the same as, this book! I do enjoy stories like this, though.
  • school books lol

    By Linds4567
    haven't bought this yet but my teacher is going to make us all do it next week... can't wait to read it on my iPad😊🎉
  • No Title

    By Emmagirl454
    Ok Listen... Stop saying its confusing for a fifth grader because guess what I'm a fourth grader and makes perfect sense to me. /:

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