Island of the Blue Dolphins: A Newbery Award Winner

Scott O'Dell, Ted Lewin

Book cover for Island of the Blue Dolphins: A Newbery Award Winner
Book cover for Island of the Blue Dolphins: A Newbery Award Winner

Island of the Blue Dolphins: A Newbery Award Winner

Island of the Blue Dolphins: A Newbery Award Winner

Scott O'Dell, Ted Lewin

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Description

Scott O'Dell's Newbery Medal-winning classic is a gripping tale of survival, strength, and courage. Based on the true story of a Nicoleño Indian girl living alone on an island off the coast of California, Island of the Blue Dolphins has captivated readers for generations.

On San Nicolas Island, dolphins flash in the surrounding blue waters, sea otter play in the vast kelp beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches. Here, in the early 1800s, a girl named Karana spent eighteen years alone.

Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that killed her younger brother, constantly guard against Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply. Her courage, self-reliance, and grit has inspired millions of readers in this breathtaking adventure.

As Smithsonian magazine put it: "For kids all over the country, reading the book in language arts classes, Karana is a powerful symbol of their growing independence. Through her, they can imagine themselves making their way in the world alone--and thriving."

About the Author

Scott O'Dell (1898-1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins; Black Star, Bright dawn; and The Black Pearl.

Publishing Information

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pub date: 2010-02-08
Length: 192 pages
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