Island of the Blue Dolphins : With an introduction by Lois Lowry. Winner of the John Newberry Medal 1961
by Scott O’Dell
Editor: Cengage Learning, Inc
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Far from the coast of California looms weave a hard rock known as the island of San NicolasThe flash dolphins in the blue waters around her, the sea otter playing in the big kep beds, and the elephant seals loll on the rocky beachesHere, in the early 1800s, according to the story, a young Indian woman who spent only eighteen years, and this superb novel is her storyIt is a romantic adventure filled with drama and sorrow, not only to simple subsistence on so sad a place to a miracle but Karana had to deal with the fierce pack of wild dogs who had killed her younger brother, constantly on guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supplyMore than that, it is an adventure of the mind that haunts the reader long after the book has been put downKarana’s quiet courage, her Indian’s autonomy and acceptance of fate, to turn this number would have been a terrible ordeal into an unforgettable experienceFrom solitude and terror comes strength and serenity in this Newbery winning the Classic Medal
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