Read Online Island of the Blue DolphinsAuthor Scott O'Dell –

Newbery Medal Winner 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 beachesHere, in the early s, 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 supplyMore 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 selfreliance 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 Medalwinning classic Island of the Blue Dolphins

About the Author: Scott O'Dell

Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (19

10 thoughts on “Island of the Blue Dolphins

  1. karen karen says:

    this may be the best book for kids ever written. it teaches young girls everything they will ever need to know in their resourceful lives: how to build a fence out of whale bones, how to kill giant squids, how to alternately befriend and defend against scary wild dogs, and how to make skirts from cormorant feathers. since i got kicked out of brownies and never got to learn All The Things That Girl Scouts Learn, this book tau

  2. Julie Julie says:

    When my defiant preteen daughter stands before me in great protest to any one of my many actions or words, she often resembles Disney's Pocahontas. She has tan skin and black hair that touches her waist and dark eyes that are kept busy with a vigilant observance of the world's injustices (and her mother's shortcomings). If she's not on horseback, then she's standing before you, holding a cat or a small rodent or a dog. (Or a st

  3. Luffy Luffy says:

    It was only when I finished reading the book did I get to know that it was based on a true story. The sequel might be worth reading too.

    Such tragedy followed by sweet tales worthy of Mowgli, but what indubitably would have been a life of work and loneliness. I thought that since the beginning the author wanted to share his story with people of all ages, and it shows.

    Karana was a transparent character, by wh

  4. Ɗẳɳ 2.☊ Ɗẳɳ 2.☊ says:


    If this book just so happens to be one of your childhood favorites, and you notice my rating here, you may be asking yourself, “Why must I forever be soiling all the things you hold dear?” Ah, that’s a good question and one that I often ponder myself. But, in fairness, I didn’t actually hate this story. According to the GR rating, two and a half stars means it was slightly better than “okay,” but

  5. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    Back in the '70s and early '80s teachers liked to make their students cry, and so they forced them to read books like Island of the Blue Dolphins, which is just the kind of good old fashioned heartbreaking stuff to do the trick!

    It starts of great this story of a Chumash (local natives to the Santa Barbara, California area) tribe taken by surprise by fur hunters and then taken from their island, accidentally leaving behind a

  6. Patricia (theinfophile) Patricia (theinfophile) says:

    Might I be bored, annoyed, or disgusted with Scott O'Dell's many works from the viewpoints of young women? If I read them now, sure, I might be.

    But I SWORE BY Scott O'Dell when I was 10-12 years old, and I think that's what mattered. The girls in the books spoke to me, and they were written for me then, not for the me that is now.

    I will buy his books for my younger cousins, and hope they get the sense of self and ad

  7. Christina Christina says:

    I never read Island of the Blue Dolphins as a child, although I’m positive I wouldn’t have liked it then either. As everyone in Karana’s tribe is evacuating the island, she looks back and realizes her little brother has been left behind. She jumps out of the boat and swims back to the island, where they live there alone until her brother is killed. After his death, she makes friends with an otter and one of the wild dogs that may or may

  8. Wanda Wanda says:

    ***Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature***

    Well, this was a blast from the past! I remember reading this (probably several times) during grade 5 or 6, maybe both. Funny what I remember from those childhood readings—my take away from it was that girls could do whatever they needed to and just as well as anyone else.

    Looking at it now through adult eyes, I see a lot more of what the author was trying to do.

  9. Kimberly Dawn Kimberly Dawn says:

    A beautiful, true survival story of a resilient young girl who was stranded alone on an island for 18 years. Karana’s remarkable story is not to be missed. A story that is as enjoyable for adults as it is for older children!

  10. Ashley Marie Ashley Marie says:

    You know a book will stay with you forever when you reread it after probably 20 years and still hear your elementary school librarian's voice in your head as you read it.

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