Island of the Blue Dolphins

Brief Description: A girl is left behind on her island after the rest of her people were forcilbly relocated to mainland California. Based on the true story of The Lone Woman.

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Date Range: 1835-1853

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Original Publication: 1960

Suitable for Grades: 4-8th

Target Audience: Middle Grade

Librarian's Review

Based on the true story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, Juana Maria, this work is a fictionalized version of what twelve-year-old Karana’s daily life must have entailed, after she was accidentally abandoned by her family of Nicoleno (Tongva) natives.  Karana’s inspiring courage and resilience help her live for eighteen years on the isolated island until she is rescued.

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