Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.68 × 5.4 × 0.48 in
Published: February 1, 1987
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0440439884
ISBN - 13: 9780440439882
About the Book
"A haunting and unusual story based on the fact that in the early 1800s an Indian girl spent 18 years alone on a rocky island far off the coast of California . . . A quiet acceptance of fate characterizes her ordeal."--"School Library Journal," starred review. William Allen White Award; ALA Notable Children's Book; 1961 Newbery Medal winner.
Read from the Book
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 scr
From the Publisher
In the Pacific, there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea birds abound. Karana is the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Hers is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.
From the Jacket
In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish
sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters
play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. once, Indians also
lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one
young girl was left behind.
This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for
years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she
watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take
her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building
shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies,
the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but
also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.
About the Author
Scott O''Dell was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 23, 1898.
He attended Occidental College, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Stanford University, and University of Rome. He worked as a
technical director for Paramount, a cameraman for
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and a book editor of a Los Angeles newspaper
before serving in the United States Air Force during World War II.
The recipient of numerous book awards, he established the Scott
O''Dell award for historical fiction in 1981. He died on October
From the Paperback edition.
From Our Editors
"A haunting and unusual story based on the fact that in the early 1800s an Indian girl spent 18 years alone on a rocky island far off the coast of California. . . . A quiet acceptance of fate characterizes her ordeal".--School Library Journal, starred review. William Allen White Award; ALA Notable Children's Book; 1961 Newbery Medal winner