Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scot O' Dell

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a historical fiction book. The story happens on a small pacific island. The main character is a young girl called Karana. She has long black hair, a cheerful personality, is very clever, skilled, animal loving, and sometimes a little revengeful. She knows how to doctor wounds and is good at weaving. The island is said to look like a fish sunning itself in the sea.
The story starts by showing Karana and her younger brother digging roots when they see a ship coming for otter skin. The Aleuts take advantage of her people causing them to leave the island and accidentally leaving Karana behind with her little brother. Her brother gets killed by wild dogs, and the story is how she survives on the island while waiting eighteen years for a ship to come rescue her. In the beginning, Karana plans to kill the main dog that killed her brother, but when she brings him in after wounding him, he becomes her close companion. When she finally gets to leave the island, she is on another ship that has come to hunt otter. This is a good book. I wouldn't dare change a word of it!