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Island of the Blue Dolphins

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins Series, Book 1
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 birds abound. Karana is the Indian girl who lived alone for...More
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 birds abound. Karana is the Indian girl who lived alone for...More
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  • 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 birds abound. Karana is the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Hers is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

    Winner of the Newbery Medal

 
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    There are no trees on the island except the small ones stunted by the
    wind. When a log came ashore, as happened once in a long time, it was
    always carried to the village and worked on where a chance wave could
    not wash it away. That the men were sent to hollow out the log in the
    cove, and to sleep beside it during the night, meant that they were there
    to watch the Aleuts, to give the alarm should Captain Orlov try to sail
    off without paying us for the otter skins.

    Everyone was afraid he might, so besides the men in the cove who watch
    the Aleut ship, others kept watch on the camp.

    Every hour someone brought news. Ulape said that the Aleut woman spent
    a whole afternoon cleaning her skin aprons, which she had not done before
    while she had been there. Early one morning, Ramo said he had just seen
    Captain Orlov carefully trimming his beard so that it looked the way it
    did when he first came. The Aleuts who sharpened the log spears stopped
    this work and gave all their time to skinning the otter which were brought
    in at dusk.

    We in the village of Ghalas-at knew that Captain Orlov and his hunters
    were getting ready to leave the island. Would he pay us for the otter
    he had slain or would he try to sneak away in the night? Would our men
    have to fight for our rightful share?

    These questions everyone asked while the Aleuts went about their preparations
    -- everyone except my father, who said nothing, but each night worked
    on the new spear he was making.


    From the Paperback edition.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Tantoo Cardinal more than succeeds in delivering a lovely listening experience. Her accent and pronunciation are first rate. The music adds to the story with an ethnic sound. When the Russians invaded the island, many islanders were killed or fled. Some, like the young girl, Karana, were accidentally left behind. Karana's survival in remote isolation is moving and unforgettable. Both the text and Cardinal's style make the listener feel he's part of Karana's isolation and maturation. S.G.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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