Tween & Teen Tuesday
Every Tuesday, we review either a juvenile (J) or young adult (YA) book
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O’Dell (Juvenile Fiction)
Based on the true story of a Nicoleño woman who survived alone on San Nicolas Island for 18 years, Island of the Blue Dolphins is about 12-year old Karana who is left alone on an island when the ship relocating her village abandons her. Karana must rely on what she knows and what she remembers to ensure her survival. Every day she scours the water looking for a sail—white will reunite her with her people; red will bring the despised Aleut otter hunters. In a place where time is measured by the passing of suns and the changing of seasons, Karana forges a life for herself and finds courage, compassion, and companionship along the way.
Although O’Dell gave us Karana in 1960, I hope that a new generation discovers her and finds that a heroine doesn’t need a wand or a cape or even mystical powers. Sometimes, the greatest heroine is strong and brave and kind because circumstances require them of her.