Island of the Blue Dolphins


The book Island of the Blue Dolphin, written by Scott O’Dell, was based on The Lost Woman of San Nicolas, a woman who was stranded on an island for twenty years. This book tells of a girl named Won-a-pa-lei, which means Girl With The Long Black Hair. Her family calls her Karana. A ship with red sails appeared on the sea, and the men on the ship have come for otter pelts. The sailors call themselves the Aleuts, and they try to hunt for otter on Karana’s tribe’s island, Ghalas-at, or Island of the blue Dolphins. The sailors and the tribe agree on a fair deal, and the Aleuts get to work. When it’s time for the Aleuts to pay the tribe, they offer only jewelry, which Karana’s family has no use for. The Aleuts and the Karana’s tribe fight, and the Aleuts leave the island. Karana’s tribe tries to flee the island when they see another ship, thinking it’s the Aleuts. The men on board the ship say that they have come to help the tribe leave the island to live on a far-away land. Karana is left behind. She tries her best to live on her island with only the company of her dog, but she still watches for a ship with red sails, the Aleuts. Will she survive alone? Will she ever find her tribe? Find out in Island of the Blue Dolphins.



-Grace ❤

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