Wednesday, June 11, 2008
ALONE ON A DESERTED ISLAND
Her tribe has had to move away from their island home to a new one across the sea. Karana who was busy getting things ready for the journey boarded the boat but soon realized that her brother Ramo has been left behind. She begged the captain to wait for him but when the boat had to leave to miss an approaching storm, Karana jumped off the ship and swam ashore to join him. Thus begins her 18 year long stay on the island and the story of what she does to survive on this deserted island.
Based on a true story of a woman who had been marooned on San Nicolas Island off the coast of California, The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell won the Newbery Award for excellence in children's literature in 1961. He also wrote a sequel, Zia.
For grades 4 and older. This title was a Snacktime Reader's selection for May, 2008.