Saturday, January 22, 2011

#51 - Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

1961 Medal Winner
"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 a shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery."
This book was a little tedious for me, as I have a little trouble getting into certain historical fiction. Add to that the fact that there is very little dialogue in the book as the girl is completely alone. However, by the last few chapters I was almost on the edge of my seat. A little hard to get into, but I'm glad I read it. An interesting fact - this is based on a true story of an Indian girl who had spent 18 years alone on an island before being rescued.

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