Winner John Newbery medal
“A haunting and unusual story.” –Library Journal, starred review
“Strange and beautiful, revealing courage, serenity, and greatness of spirit.” –Horn Book
Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as San Nicolas Island. Blue dolphins splash in the water surrounding it, sea otters play in the kelp beds, and seabirds roosting its crags. Once, Indians also lived on the island-until one day they decided to leave and sail to the east.
A young boy was left behind, and his sister jumps the boat to get him. Then they are both left behind.
Karana is that girl. Year after year, she waits for the ship to come back. But it never does. Finally. She realizes she must make a fareful choice: follow her people on her own or remain alone on the island for the rest of her life.
This is a great book. I love the tale that Scott O’Dell weaves. It gives you a raw emotion that is easy to see and realize. Although I believe in the beginning it lacked attachment and feeling to the brother, and you felt more for the dog when he died. But I love this book and it is inspiring. His depth and knowledge of the Indians show in this beloved classic.
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