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Island of the Blue Dolphins


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ISBN13: 9780440439882
ISBN10: 0440439884
Condition: Standard
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An Excerpt from Island of the Blue Dolphins

There are no trees on the island except the small ones stunted by the
wind. When a log came ashore, as happened once in a long time, it was
always carried to the village and worked on where a chance wave could
not wash it away. That the men were sent to hollow out the log in the
cove, and to sleep beside it during the night, meant that they were there
to watch the Aleuts, to give the alarm should Captain Orlov try to sail
off without paying us for the otter skins.

Everyone was afraid he might, so besides the men in the cove who watch
the Aleut ship, others kept watch on the camp.

Every hour someone brought news. Ulape said that the Aleut woman spent
a whole afternoon cleaning her skin aprons, which she had not done before
while she had been there. Early one morning, Ramo said he had just seen
Captain Orlov carefully trimming his beard so that it looked the way it
did when he first came. The Aleuts who sharpened the log spears stopped
this work and gave all their time to skinning the otter which were brought
in at dusk.

We in the village of Ghalas-at knew that Captain Orlov and his hunters
were getting ready to leave the island. Would he pay us for the otter
he had slain or would he try to sneak away in the night? Would our men
have to fight for our rightful share?

These questions everyone asked while the Aleuts went about their preparations
— everyone except my father, who said nothing, but each night worked
on the new spear he was making.

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BABY GIRL, March 25, 2010 (view all comments by BABY GIRL)
This book is very hart warming and i also love the movie!
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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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Product Details

O'Dell, Scott
New York :
Action & Adventure
Indians of north america
Social Situations - General
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Islands -- Fiction.
Action & Adventure - General
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Situations / General
Historical / United States / Revolutionary Periods
Historical - Holocaust
Series Volume:
preprimer 4
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 5
7.65x5.16x.91 in. .29 lbs.
Age Level:

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Product details 192 pages Yearling Books - English 9780440439882 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "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.
"Synopsis" by , 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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