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Island of the Blue Dolphins

O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989 (Paperback - 1988 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Island of the Blue Dolphins


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Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.
Authors: O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989
Statement of Responsibility: Scott O'Dell ; [with a new introduction by Newbery medalist Lois Lowry]
Title: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, c1988
Edition: 50th Anniversary ed
Characteristics: xi, 177 p. ;,20 cm.
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  • nancytran rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good adventure story for wide age range of kids, which makes it a great read-aloud. Main character uses wits, creativity, courage to survive.

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  • JennaLatifiMalo12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book! It is a true story which I actually for once read all! i felt sorry for her when her brother was killed.. so sad..me to! I think everyone should read this true story!

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  • Wolfgirl20 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book it is a wonderful story. I think everyone should read this book!

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  • Roxannajayc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A spectacular tale of island life and female strength.

This book is a favorite of mine. It is a slow story, with interesting action that progresses at the pace of day-to-day life. I find the story inspiring because Karana is able to survive and eventually thrive emotionally in extreme solitude. Also, the ingenuity and independence that blossom out of her in the absence of her tribal leaders and allow her to survive in a manner inconsistent with tribal traditions reveals the value of freedom, whether caused by external circumstances or personal liberation.

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  • VeeMac rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Winner of the Newberry Medal in 1961 holds up o-kay. Karana's story is one of quiet courage and survival. I found it subtle and haunting. It's probably a big shift for readers used to the cinematic action, action and more action of recent YA survival titles.

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  • ks_puggle rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book was awful. There was no plot, just a string of people dying for no apparent reason. It lacked the intresting detail of other survival stories, such as "My Side of The Mountain" (which I love). In short, it was dreadful. The plot is as follows: The girl's tribe are leaving the island, but no one realizes that her brother has been left behind. The girl tries to find her brother, but they leave without her. Almost immediatly thereafter, her brother dies. Then, she just sits around for years. Boring and depressing, the worst qualities any book can have.

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  • topgear_lambo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book because it is a book about a girl stranded on an island for years after abandoning her tribe for her brother .Her name is Karana. When her brother dies she is forced to live alone with wild dogs that could very well kill her .She must make weapons for herself, hunt for food and try to live with all that nature has to offer.This is a book I strongly recommend for its suspense. I also believe it's a realistic fiction. It's a book for boys and girls and for all ages.In my opinion it is a realistic fiction; after all it is based on a true story.This book is also the first in at least a 2 book series.The sequel is Zia by Scott O'dell.

The book Island of the Blue Dolphins is a realistic fiction novel that is aimed towards the ages from 10 to 14. The author Scott O'dell wrote this book very well because he described his writing with details and adjectives. I thought the main character Karana was very intelligent and could have survived in that situation of being stranded on a deserted island for many more years to come. Along with her pet Rontu who is a wild dog that Karana has learned to love and trust. She has also learned alot about the wilderness and how to survive in it so that if she were to get in to that situation again then she would be prepared. I thought this book was AMAZING but also sad because so many people died in the fight beetween the ghalasats and the Aleuts. I found it cool that it was based on a true story but also worriful because it could happen to anyone. A sentence that might persuade you to read this book is " My leg hurt so much by the time I had reached the house that it was hard for me crawl under the fence and move aside the heavy rock ". To find out more read the book Island of the . Dolphins and if you find that book fantastic than i recommend reading the sequal " Zia ".

Report This Apr 01, 2011
  • Monty_PythonFan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell is one of the best survival stories/ books I have ever read. It is a story for all ages about a girl named Karana and her tribe, the Ghalas- At people. One day, early Russian explorers (the Aleuts) come in "good will"- to exchange the Aleut riches for otter pelts. This does not go as well as planned and it ends in a rather nasty way. The Aleuts leave claiming victory and the pelts, and dozens of dead bodies (mostly the Ghalas- At men) strewn on the beach, including Karana's father. To make matters worse, a ship comes to take her tribe to "the new land", but not everybody gets on. Karana's brother was left on the island. In desperate attempt to save her 6-year-old brother, Karana jumps off the ship. Little does she know that this is one of the best and worst decisions of her life. Her brother is soon attacked by wolves and mauled alive, and it can only be assumed that Karana will die too. 1 year goes by. 2 years go by. 3 years go by. 18 years go by, and she is still alive

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An Indian girl has been left alone on an island by her tribe. Will she find the strength and the courage to survive?

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