Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Historical Fiction, YA
HMH Books for Young Readers | February 8, 2010
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.
This is a wonderful book about survival and adventure. This young girl is left on an island to fend for herself against the elements and the wild animals on the island. I love the fact that even though she is the person on the island, she still tries to live by her tribes’ laws, at first until she realizes she will not survive unless she makes weapons and other things only the men of her tribe were allowed to do. She builds shelter, makes weapons, and does everything she needs to do to survive while waiting for the white men’s ship to come back for her.
This is a very good book about a strong woman, her survival skills, and her patience. I can honestly say that there is no way I could have done the things she did (this is a true story by the way). I don’t think there are many of us that could do what she did, and I think that’s awesome. I would have gone crazy waiting for that boat to come back. I’m glad my brother told me about this book and that I decided to read it.
**This really is a true story. The details may be different only because when the girl was finally taken from the island she could only speak by using signs and pointing at things.
To learn more about the true story behind this story click here.