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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

The Center for Wooden Boats Store

By Scott O'Dell

With an Introduction by Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry

Newbery Medal winner Island of the Blue Dolphins is considered one of the greatest children's books ever written. This story of survival is as haunting and beautiful today as it was when it first appeared in print.

Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as San Nicolas Island. Blue dolphins splash in the water surrounding it, sea otters play in the kelp beds, and seabirds roost in its crags. Once, Indians also lived on the island- until one day they decided to the east. 

A young girl was left behind.

Karana is that girl. Year after year, she waits for the ship to come back. But it never does. Finally, she realizes she must make a fateful choice: follow her people on her own or remain alone on the island for the rest of her life.