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Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O'Dell, 1898-1989

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.

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Publish Date

1960

ISBN

0395069629


Format: Book
Author: O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989
Summary: The gripping story of young Karana, an Indian girl who survives by herself for eighteen years on a deserted island off the California coast. A quiet acceptance of fate characterizes her ordeal.
Title: Island of the Blue Dolphins / Scott O'Dell.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1960.
Subject: Indians of North America -- California -- Channel Islands -- Juvenile fiction. Islands -- Juvenile fiction Wilderness survival -- Juvenile fiction. Young women -- California -- Channel Islands -- Juvenile fiction.
Isbn: 0395069629 9780395069622 9780440940005 0440940001
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 10
System Items Total: 17
Call Number: C O'Dell
Oclc: 225474
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Bib Id: 363657

Format: Book
Author: O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989
Summary: The gripping story of young Karana, an Indian girl who survives by herself for eighteen years on a deserted island off the California coast. A quiet acceptance of fate characterizes her ordeal.
Title: Island of the Blue Dolphins / Scott O'Dell.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1960.
Description: 184 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Indians of North America -- California -- Channel Islands -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Islands -- Juvenile fiction
Subjects: Wilderness survival -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Young women -- California -- Channel Islands -- Juvenile fiction.
Notes: Newbery Medal, 1961.
LCCN: 60005213
ISBN: 0395069629
ISBN: 9780395069622
ISBN: 9780440940005
ISBN: 0440940001
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 10
Total Copies: 17
Call Number: C O'Dell