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Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell

In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind.

This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for 18 years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. It is based on a true story. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. Karana’s story is not just one of survival, but also of self-discovery and growth, as she learns to navigate her solitary existence with courage and hope

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