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Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

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. Hers is not only an unusual adventure of survivial, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

Original title: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultAdventure

Edition #1: Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960)
Awards: Newbery Medal (1961)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A haunting and unusual story." Library Journal
  • "Strange and beautiful, revealing courage, serenity, and greatness of spirit." The Horn Book Magazine
  • "Island of the Blue Dolphins has the timeless enduring quality of a classic." Chicago Tribune
  • "A moving and unforgettable story." Booklist
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