Page Count: 181
Age Range: 9 and up
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Realistic
This story is a Newberry Medal Award winning tale of a young girl, Karana, who is all alone on a Pacific Island. Karana courageously jumps off the rescue ship that was coming for her people to save her little brother and ends up being left behind for many suns and moons. Karana tries to survive the harsh seasons of the island, find and maintain her food, while fending off the grotesque and hungry wild dogs that roam the island. She soon learns how to find peace with being alone while patiently waiting for another ship to carry her to where her people are.
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat for Karana’s survival. Island of the Blue Dolphins has won multiple awards for its visionary writing and true story that once happened to a young woman from La Isla de San Nicolas that was stranded on it for almost 20 years.