Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

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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 a 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307243164
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/10/2005
Edition description: Unabridged, 4CDs, 3 hrs. 41 min.
Pages: 4
Sales rank: 253,603
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 5.85(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Scott O'Dell was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 23, 1898. He attended Occidental College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University, and University of Rome. He worked as a technical director for Paramount, a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and a book editor of a Los Angeles newspaper before serving in the United States Air Force during World War II. The recipient of numerous book awards, he established the Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction in 1981. He died on October 15, 1989.

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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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"A haunting and unusual story based on the fact that in the early 1800s an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone on a rocky island far off the coast of California . . . A quiet acceptance of fate characterizes her ordeal." School Library Journal, Starred

"O'Dell tells the miraculous story of how Karana forages on land and in the ocean, clothes herself (in a green-cormorant skirt and an otter cape on special occasions), and secures shelter. Perhaps even more startlingly, she finds strength and serenity living alone on the island. This beautiful edition of Island of the Blue Dolphins is enriched with 12 full-page watercolor paintings by Ted Lewin, illustrator of more than 100 children's books, including Ali, Child of the Desert. A gripping story of battling wild dogs and sea elephants, this simply told, suspenseful tale of survival is also an uplifting adventure of the spirit."

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The Island of the Blue Dolphins 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 986 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was in 4th grade. That was 15 years ago and I still remember the story from beginning to end. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading and the knowledge that can be gained from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember reading Island of the Blue Dolphins when I was eleven. Recently I found my old copy, dusted it off, and started from the beginning. I could not put the book down. It was just as fresh to me as it was twenty-five years earlier. This is a book all ages can enjoy. I'm looking forward to reading it to my daughter in a few years. Scott O' Dell beautifully created a strong female protagonist that figured out a way to survive against the odds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Island of the Blue Dolphins is a very good book. I love books that have the ocean in them. The book tells the story of a girl named Karona. She is left on the island for 18 years. While she is waiting for a ship to come get her she must build shelter, gather and hunt food, and fight her enemies the wild dogs. I thought this book would be a regular old book with a beggining, middle, and an end. I sure was wrong! Karona even befriended a wild dog! I recomend this book for ages 9 and up. If you are younger than 9, and you like true stories you will enjoy this book.
David_Bremmerton More than 1 year ago
Author Scott O'Dell tells the story of Karana, an Indian girl living alone on the Island of Blue Dolphins. It is a fantastic story of survival as we travel with Karana on her quest to survive, forge for food, clothe herself, and seek shelter on the beautiful island. A very good read. Definitely recommended. Perfect for passing the time.
TexasStarVA More than 1 year ago
My favorite book from childhood, based on the true story of a young American-Indian marooned on a deserted island for 18 years. Her resourcefulness, strength and keen observation of nature make this book a must read! Enjoyable for all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a Indian Princess who was left behind when the rest of her village left after a terrible tragidy toke thelives of many of the braves (men) inclouding her father the chief. She learn how to survive on her own wether she is rescued from the island is for you to find out. Injoy the book I know I did. Island of The Blue Dolfins is a very good book for teenagers, young adults, and kids. This is a book with no bad language curseing swearing or anything that a parent would not approve of there kid reading, I myself being a
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is one of the best books ive ever read and I have read a lot of books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To people who say this book is bad STOP IT NOW. Anyhow this book is so great i had to say that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book. I enjoyed it a lot. Every word I read I became more intrigued into the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whene we read this book in class i was happy whene we got to read it! This book tells a tragic tale of a indian girl who ls stranded on her home island whene her tribe leaves her, and now all she has left is her brother(for a little bit) and the willderness !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everlone should have this book, so get now!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great!I am 10 and I read it shortly after I turned 10. This book is a well written book about a girl stuck on an island.Even though every thing is against her she survives and lives her life. This is also a TRUE story.I extremlly recommend it!!!!! Book Lover Girl!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book ims amazing!! Highly suggested!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ? this book. It is about a girl who gets left on an island alone and must survive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a really fun true story this girl has to survive by herself on a island for 18 years I absoulutely LOVE IT !!!!!! please read it it is totally whorth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good read for people who like survival books. I liked it because it had fights and hope. The main character is trying to live on a island by her self. It does not work when bad people come and try to take her. She has to fight wild animals and some of them killed her brother. I give this book 4 stars but the ending was poor. If the ending was a little better it was 5 stars. This book is good for people who like animals and survival stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WENT SO FAR!IM IN CHAPTER 18!!!!!!!I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. In English we had to write a book review I used this book. Now everyone wants to read it! I love this book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People say she was ten, but the found her when she was like, 56, and they think that her so called brother she went back for was actually her own child. So she was about 28 if i am right. If you dissagree, plz reply to Katniss. YES, THAT IS MY REAL NAME? Katniss Athen Sawyer. K.A.S.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will absalutly love this book the first page I read got my attention right away Good job Scot O'dell
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a kind of a sad. It's about a girl who lives by herself after her dad and brother dies and the ship left her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw this book I wasn't intrested,but when I read the book I fell in love with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...That all the tweenie-boppers saying they hate this book spell every other word wrong? Maybe they should spend a little more time reading - having a preschooler's grasp of grammar is only okay if you're a preschooler. Food for thought. Anyway, this book is beautifully written, and will surely sing to your heart. All about growing up and having a will to fight in order to live.
wz12 More than 1 year ago
Each year at Christmas I give the grandkids a book I read growing up. This is one of those books. It is a great read if you are looking for adventure and appreciate the resilience of the human spirit. I would recommend this book to young and old alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Island of the Blue Dolphins is a great book for both adults and young children. It is a fantastic story to relax and read, or find information. The book puts together an intense, spiritual story of a girl who faces many problems.