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Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | February 8, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Island of the Blue Dolphins is rated 4.3182 out of 5 by 22.

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 a stunning new look, and an introduction by Lois Lowry, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.5 in

Published: February 8, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547328613

ISBN - 13: 9780547328614

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holds ups over time This was one of my favorite books as a kid so I wary of reading as an adult. Much to my pleasure, I thoroughly enjoyed it again; in fact I’m sure I had a better understanding of the actual historical context to which O’Dell subtly alludes. It’s a well written story of strength and survival, and leaves you feeling empowered with out the need for any sort of love story or shocking scandal which is a refreshing change.
Date published: 2011-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I read this book long time ago, but I remember how much I liked reading it. I like books that are based on true stories and this one of them.
Date published: 2011-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring i read this book first when I was 13 which was 3 years ago. I really love this book just because it is based on a true story. I still like it now and think it's great for any age really.
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great i had to read this book in grade school as a novel and i must say it wasn't that bad i thought it would be boring because adventure and stuff like this book wasn't really my style but it was good!!
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My ten year old niece adored it A beautiful and haunting true story about the ingenuity of a child who in isolation, grows into a strong and courageous woman by befriending animals and surviving with determination and perseverance. A must have for any children's bookshelf. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girl Power 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 that now. Anyway, it's man-against-nature adventure, but even more exciting to me as a little girl, because it was about a young girl who gets stranded on an island 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 has only one visitor in her years on the island; another young woman and they become friends. She was on the island for 18 years, from 1835-1853. It made me wonder how I would fare in the same circumstances (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. Karana does eventually leave the island, in case you were wondering.
Date published: 2008-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book it is a very entertaining book for adults and kids to read . the book is based on a girl ,Karana who is all alone on an island and waits for the ship to come but it dose not come .the girl in the book is very adventurous and has stayed on the island all alone for year after year.
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful book This book is a fantastic young adult read. I read it in Grade 6, and I will be happily teaching it to my Grade 8's next year. It is a story of the struggle of a girl who is left behind on an island. It is a great book to learn about different perspectives in the world. A real eye-opener for me as a child.
Date published: 2007-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Book of Epic Proportions Back when I was a mere youngling, I remember how this book became part of a novel study. Indeed, once I read it, I identified this literary masterpiece almost at once as a book of epic proportions. Only such a work could make me so profoundly bored, so painfully depressed. Only such a book could trigger such an intense loathing. Indeed, readers, an epic work like this deserves to be cast into the depths of the sea which it describes with so much detail, for only then will its true grandeur be appreciated by the illiterate dolphins.
Date published: 2007-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This book should be in everyone's library. I have read it so many times. It's one of those books you can keep going back to for just a nice read.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! A Total Adventure Though it is a children's book, this story is one of my favorites. Everytime I read it I can't believe someone would have this kind of courage and perserverance. A recommended read to all of my friends.
Date published: 2006-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Great book! Read it! Don't pay any attention to the other review!
Date published: 2006-02-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ARGHHHHHH worst book i've ever read. don't ever buy it. All it talks about is a girl that's lost on her own and has to try to survive on her own. Oh and the only word i remember from this book is ravine. It was repeated liek 100 times. Please never read this book. Thank You
Date published: 2005-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! This was a very amazing book. I have read it seven times. Every time I read it I always get something new out of it. I believe that this isn't just a children's book, but a book for all ages. It always makes me cry. It is a story that really touches the heart. Thank-You for this wonderful gift-Scott. *Miranda*
Date published: 2001-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Island of the Blue Dolphins This is the touching story of Karana, a young Indian who once lived on an island in the Pacific.The island was shaped like aq huge fish, sitting on the sea.It is surrounded by swimming blue dolphins, playing otters and sea birds.When the Indians left and sailed East, Karana and her brother were left behind. Karana and her brother Ramo were left to fend for themselves.They live a lonely but nice life, until Ramo is killed by wild dogs.Now Karana is truly all alone, with only hope she can survive. Soon Karana befriends the wild dogs, and adopts one of her own.Eac day she prays that the ship who took all the other Indians away will return to get her.Can she survive without civilization?Will the ship return? Karana will truly capture your heart in this story of love and survival.I definitly recommend it to all who want an adventure. -Sarah A. Brandow, age 11
Date published: 2000-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Island of the Blue Dolphins Island of the Blue Dolphins was an excellent book it cange my point of view it was so sad and I felt so sorry for that little girl. I used to wish that I would be stranded on a island without anybody else but when I read that book it made me think how much I was taking my famly for granted. When her little brother was killed by the wild dogs and she swore that she would kill all of the wild dogs. But when she shouts an arrow at the packs leader she hits him in the chest and he runs off but when she finds him she coundn't kill him so she brang him back to her house that she had made and saved his life. Later on in the book you read that she see his son so she caught him and they made friends.
Date published: 2000-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic This book is definitely the best book I have ever read. I first read this book five years ago, when I was ten, and have read it countless times ever since. When I pick up this book I usually read it in one sitting. It is so descriptive that I can vividly imagine being right there with Karana on the lonely and barren island with her loyal dog, Rontu, as her only companion.
Date published: 2000-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Can't Believe... I cannot believe no other people have written a review!!! This is my favourite book of all time!!! I'm only 11 years old but I've read this book millions of times and I love it even more every time!!! I encourage you to read it if you have not!!! ~Kristy~
Date published: 2000-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Can't Believe... I cannot believe no other people have written a review!!! This is my favourite book of all time!!! I'm only 11 years old but I've read this book millions of times and I love it even more every time!!! I encourage you to read it if you have not!!! ~Kristy~
Date published: 2000-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book on Survival and Courage! This was a really good book for me, it showed me that not all rules are ment to be kept, if you want to survive? sometimes you have to break some. Also I loved how Karana made all here own tools and ways to protect her house. Well I hope evreyone reads this great book!!
Date published: 2000-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Human spirit This story is of young girl named karana. who 's life was a battle with the factthat she does'nt have a life with humans but with animals . karana 's father died when he made a bad deal with the aluets and they started a war . A bout had come to pick her up but her brother had been left behind and she went back for him .B ut then her brother was aten bye wild dogs. Then karana had to learn how to cope 18 years whitout people! by Rebecca jordan
Date published: 2000-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! This is a great book for all ages. It tells a ture story about a young girl trying to survive on her own in the 1800's. I hope everyone enjoy's the book just as much as I did!
Date published: 2000-05-02

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.5 in

Published: February 8, 2010

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547328613

ISBN - 13: 9780547328614

Read from the Book

Chapter 1 I remember the day the Aleut ship came to our island. At first it seemed like a small shell afloat on the sea. Then it grew larger and was a gull with folded wings. At last in the rising sun it became what it really was-a red ship with two red sails. My brother and I had gone to the head of a canyon that winds down to a little harbor which is called Coral Cove. We had gone to gather roots that grow there in the spring. My brother Ramo was only a little boy half my age, which was twelve. He was small for one who had lived so many suns and moons, but quick as a cricket. Also foolish as a cricket when he was excited. For this reason and because I wanted him to help me gather roots and not go running off , I said nothing about the shell I saw or the gull with folded wings. I went on digging in the brush with my pointed stick as though nothing at all were happening on the sea. Even when I knew for sure that the gull was a ship with two red sails. But Ramo''s eyes missed little in the world. They were black like a lizard''s and very large and, like the eyes of a lizard, could sometimes look sleepy. This was the time when they saw the most. This was the way they looked now. They were half-closed, like those of a lizard lying on a rock about to flick out its tongue to catch a fly. "The sea is smooth," Ramo said. "It is a flat stone without any scratches." My brother liked to pretend that one thing was another. "The sea is not a stone without scratches," I said. "It is water
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From the Publisher

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 a stunning new look, and an introduction by Lois Lowry, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars.

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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