Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
My name is Rya. I am in middle school and I enjoy reading, writing, swimming, and backpacking.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is an incredible book based on a true story about the survival of a girl stranded on an island. When a battle leaves the chief’s people helpless and destitute, they are all grateful when a ship full of white men comes to take them to a promising country where their chief has gone. Once aboard the ship, Karana realizes that her brother Ramo’s restless and fearless spirit has left him stranded alone on the island. Karana jumps off of the ship to retrieve her brother, but once back on the island, the ship has sailed far off on the horizon, leaving the two siblings stranded alone. Not long after, Ramo is killed by wild dogs, leaving Karana to fend for herself on the vast Island of the Blue Dolphins. This survival story follows Karana as she nimbly crafts survival tools, hides from the Aleuts, and encounters unlikely friendships.
The most interesting aspect of the book to me is that it is based on a true story. Juana Maria was stranded on an island off of Los Angeles for 18 years in the 1800s. Little is known about her, but reading this well-crafted book brings her story to life, making it that much more fascinating. I have read this book twice, once when I was 6, this time I am 13. Both times, I loved the story. Although the writing is easy to follow, it can be enjoyed by a variety of ages.