By Scott O'DellPublisher: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtOriginally published in 1960
Karana is a brave and hard working 12-year-old girl who is determined to finish what she started. She never gives up and learns how to live in harmony with the animals on the island during the 1700's. She lives on the Island of the Blue Dolphins which is off the coast of California.
Karana goes through losing her father, brother and her sister while having to survive on a island alone for 10 years. She had some animal friends. At one point, the Aleuts came back and she met a girl but she left. At the end she ends up being saved by people .
Author's Purpose & Book Recommendation
Karana goes through being left behind on an island with her brother. Later on, her brother dies from a pack of wild wolves which leaves Karana all alone. She is sad that she lost her brother and is feeling lonely.
She was able to live very well for 10 years while collecting some animal friends. She forgave the wolf that killed her brother and even took in his son after he died. She had a bond with many animals. At the end, people come and save her and she leaves the island.
The author's purpose was to entertain and inform people about a story of a young girl who had to learn how to survive on an island for eighteen years. I would recommend this book because it's based on a true story. The author does a great job of describing how hard it was to survive on a island.