Island of the Blue Dolphins is a novel written by Scott O'Dell for children in 1960. It is about a young girl who had to spend many years living along on an island. The book is based on the true story of a woman named Juana Maria. She had to spend eighteen years on San Nicolas Island. She was found in 1853 and brought to civilization. She supposedly lived in a cave that may have been discovered by Steve Schwartz, an archaeologist, in 2012.
The main character of the book is Karana. She has a brother named Ramo, who is very curious and this often leads to troubles. There is also a sister named Ulape. Her tribe lives in a village Ghalas-at and survives by fishing and gathering roots.
One day, her people have to fight with Russians and Aleut people because they refused to pay for their services. The tribe lost many men, including Karana's father.
Chief Kimki leaves the island but he sends a big canoe to bring other people to the mainland. Karana decides to jump off the ship to stay with Ramo because he did not show up. This is how children were left alone on the island.
They live together until one day Ramo gets killed by feral dogs. To survive, Karana has to do male tasks, including making spears, hunting, and building canoes. She vows to avenge for her brother and manages to kill several dogs, but the situation changes when she encounters the leader of the dogs. Karana tames it and names Rontu. She also manages to tame several birds and an otter.
The Aleuts return one day and Karana decided to hide in the cave. She encounters a girl named Tutok who takes care of the domestic duties on the ship. They become friends, but the ship soon departs and Karana stays along again.
When Rontu dies, Karana finds another dog that looks similarly to Rontu. She names him Rontu-Aru. One day, the girl sees the sails of a ship, but the ship soon leaves the island. It returns in two years and, to meet the ship, Karana dresses in her best attire. She decides to go to the shore to meet the boat. Her rescuers think that she should be dressed differently because her dress made of cormorant feathers is not suitable for the mainland. Although Karana does not like the new dress that they gave her, she understands that her life is going to change now and she will have to accept many new things. She and her dog Rontu-Aru are taken to the mission in Santa Barbara, California. Later, she finds out that the ship that took the people from her island and that did not come back for her had sunk.
Island of the Blue Dolphins is a novel written by Scott O'Dell for children in 1960. It is about a young girl who had to spend many years living along on an island. The book is based on the true story of a woman named Juana Maria. She had to spend eighteen years on San Nicolas Island. She was found in 1853 and brought to civilization.