The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

There was once a young woman named Karana, and her brother Ramo. They and their people lived on an island shaped like and surrounded by dolphins. When outsiders come to the island Karana’s life is turned upside down and she needs to survive on her own when she is left all alone with a wolf dog and her brother. Based on a true story. 

This book is one of the EXTREMELY few realistic fiction books that I will read through enthusiastically. I seldom read this sub-genre but I enjoyed this book greatly. The plot is easy to follow, yet interesting. It has a plot that has been used over and over and over through the years but this is interesting because of the different culture that is not fully explored. You have questions and you want to learn more as the story goes on. It feels like the journey is not done yet in this book but like you can get your answers if you just look for it in history. I suppose that the lack of detail about the main character’s culture is both a good thing and a bad thing because you have questions but it would drag the story on to go on and on and on about the culture.

Overall, I recommend this book for anyone who wants adventure based in our world.




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