Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Pub Kestrel Books, 1960
There is always a book in your life that you hold dear to, that you really enjoyed at the time and that you want people to know about. The challenge is to read it again and see if the impressions you had long ago are still true today. Island of the Blue Dolphins is my book, my memory, so I read it and adored it all over again.
It is based on a true story of a young Indian girl who was left behind on the Island of San Nicholas in the early 1800’s by her people and spent 18 years alone on the island in a Robinson Crusoe like existence.
It is a story of survival in which Karana, the young girl, competes with a pack of dogs for territory and food on the island. It is an uplifting story as you share Karana’s ups and downs and thoughts in a wonderful story.
Scott O’Dell is a skillful writer who keeps the tension going in the book and hauls the reader in to share Karana’s life.
Suitable for school years 5/6 to junior secondary. Sometimes the oldies are the best. Do yourself a favour and read this old classic.