Jose Juarez, January 13, 2010 (view all comments by Jose Juarez)
I also read this book when I was in elementary school, i'm 24 years old and still remember this book. It's definitely a memorable story. Scott O'Dell tells a story about an island that becomes over run by the white man. When the surviving natives decide to scape the island one girl, Karana, is left behind alone in the island for 18 years and survives. In her story of courage and survival she fights of wild dogs and loneliness. Eventually she is rescued only to die because her inviability to adapt to the city life. The story is based actual facts and it's a children's book that adults will enjoy.
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srwitler, October 12, 2008 (view all comments by srwitler)
I read this book when I was in elementary school. I am now 50 years old and I still say that it was one of my favorite childhood books. My son gave me a book called "Reflections from a Mother's Heart" in which you are asked to write the answers to various questions, one of them being, "What were some of the most memorable books you read as a child?" I wrote "Island of the Blue Dolphins". Now that I am older I plan to get a copy and read it again, some 38 years later.
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"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.
The winner of the 1961 Newbery Medal, this novel is the story of a young Indian girl who is left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California for 18 years. She is not only surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
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