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Island of the Blue Dolphins (Complete Reader's)
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Complete Reader's) | Scott O'Dell
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This is the first authoritative edition of one of the most significant children's books of the twentieth century. Winner of the 1961 Newbery Medal, Island of the Blue Dolphins tells the story of a girl left alone for eighteen years in the aftermath of violent encounters with Europeans on her home island off the coast of Southern California. This special edition includes two excised chapters, published here for the first time, as well as a critical introduction and essays that offer new background on the archaeological, legal, and colonial histories of Native peoples in California. Sara L. Schwebel explores the composition history and editorial decisions made by author Scott O'Dell that ensured the success of Island of the Blue Dolphins at a time when second-wave feminism, the civil rights movement, and multicultural education increasingly influenced which books were taught. This edition also considers how readers might approach the book today, when new archaeological evidence is emerging about the "Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island," on whom O'Dell's story is based, and Native peoples are engaged in the reclamation of indigenous histories and ongoing struggles for political sovereignty.
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hissingpotatoes
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3.5/5⭐ An absorbing imagining of true historical events. I appreciated the themes of colonialism, environmentalism, friendship, and respect for animals. Karana is such a competent, interesting character. It's a quiet book with an incomplete ending. It didn't blow me away, but I'm glad I read it. #roll100

TheBookHippie I enjoyed this one too. 3w
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cm779518
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This book is a winner of the Scott O‘Dell award. This book is amazing. It is about a 12 year old girl who is stranded on an island and she has to find her way around and survive!

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Hannahhh7
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Island of the Blue Dolphins is a historical fiction book written by Scott O'Dell. It was published in 1960. This novel is about a 12 year old Indian girl named Karana. Every person on her island leaves on a ship. Karana is stranded on the island alone for 18 years. This book talks about her survival throughout the years and also has a tale of natural beauty. Island of the Blue Dolphins has won the Scott O'Dell award, the Newbery Medal and more!

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oliviascrimo

Scott O‘Dell Award Book
February 8th, 2010
Island of the Blue Dolphins is about a 12-year-old that was stranded on an island and must use her prior knowledge and teach herself how to survive on this island.

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Addie0822
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Author: Scott O'Dell
Published: 1960
Genre: Children's literature, young adult
Awards: Scott O'Dell Award
This book is a true story about a 12 year old girl called Karana who is stranded on an island and has to work out how to survive. Her main enemies on the island are the wild dogs and she lives in fear of the Aleuts (a tribe who arrive on the island to hunt seals).

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Jburns13

This story is about a young 12 year old girl named Karana who ends up all alone and stranded on an island far away where she is off of the California Coast.

Jburns13 Published: 1960

Author: Scott O'Dell

Genres: Children's Literature, Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

Awards: Scott O'Dell
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Brandy522
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Title: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Author: Scott O'Dell
Published: 1960
Genre: Children's lit. Young adult
Awards: Scott O' Dell
Summary: This is a true story about a 12 year old girl that was stranded on an island. This story talks about the many ways that the little girl had to stay alive.

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MaddieBrown3
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Name of Award (if applicable): Scott O‘Dell Award
Purpose of Award (if applicable): honor historical fiction best books
Title of Book : Island of the Blue Dolphins
Author of Book: Scott O‘Dell
Date of Publication: 1960
Genre: Historical Fiction
Brief Summary:
This young child was stranded on an island. She has to survive on the land. She is only there with the blue dolphins. She waits for a ship to come save her trying to survive.

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Hcecrle

This chapter book is about a young native American girl who lived 18 years alone on an island of the coast of California waiting for a ship to pick her up. Along her journey, she learns how to survive on the island with the resources that the island provides. I would recommend reading this story to any age group as a read-aloud. This story won the Scott O'Dell Award.

Hcecrle Historical fiction
Published in 1960
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rubyslippersreads
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One of my favorite books as a kid. In this special edition, I found out #Betsy-Tacy author Maud Hart Lovelace had something to do with that.

She and her husband Delos encouraged Scott O‘Dell to write this for kids rather than adults, and to make other changes, based on their expert knowledge of the children‘s book market at that time.

Thanks for the tag @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘 #AlphabetGame #LetterI

Tagging anyone who wants to play! 😊

LeahBergen That‘s a cool “fun fact”! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 8mo
jlhammar Oh, interesting! This was one of my favorites too. 8mo
kspenmoll I loved this too! 8mo
UwannaPublishme I just saw this. Fascinating trivia! 🙌🏻 5mo
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ErraticElle
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Reread of a childhood favorite & I still loved it. A female, tropical version of Hatchet, the plot was adventurous & atmospheric. I also learned it was based on a real person. There is a lot of nostalgia attached to my rating, but I still found it to be a fantastic middle grade read with a strong female protagonist. The writing isn't overly complex, but fits the story well. There are a lot of good lessons & I think it holds up really well.

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Kay Spencer

It's nice to see that Karana has made some friends, and even though she couldn't exactly talk to them, she had ways to communicate. Karana is such a strong character, and she leaves impact on me. She makes me want to be as strong as her.

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Kay Spencer

This book is really sad to be honest. The main character Karana has been living alone for an immensely long time. I try to place myself in her shoes but it's hard. she has lost her family, her brother is killed by a ferocious dogs, and she is handling it to the best of her abilities. The memories of ones who are gone makes her stomach turn, and eventually she burns her village to the ground, starting over. It's a rather interesting book.

MrsBabki Needs editing. 1y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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1. In our camper!
2. Camp Anawanna
3. The tagged book is a favorite from my childhood
3. Finish 2 books

#litsysummercamp #litsysummercampreadathon #saluteyourshorts

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sblbooks
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Both of these novels were very popular when I was a middle grade reader.
4.5⭐ Island of the Blue Dolphins Karana is left to survive on her own. While the rest of her tribe is relocated to another Island. A blast from the past.

3⭐ Dear Mr. Henshaw The first epistolary novel I ever read. Leigh writes his favorite author Mr. Henshaw, almost daily. Divorce was a huge deal in the 80s.

@megnews #MGMarch #MiddleGradeMarch

Soubhiville I loved both of these! 2y
megnews I‘ve never read this one but love Cleary. And epistolary novels. I agree about divorce being a big topic at the time. And missing kids. 2y
SaturnDoo Great review. I just ran across a copy of Island of the Blue Dolphins. Seems like I remember that being a movie too. Way back in the 70s. 2y
sblbooks @SaturnDoo I didn't know there was a movie, I may try to find that. 2y
SaturnDoo @sblbooks Yes, it looks like the movie was released in 1964. I remember watching it when I was a kid in the 70s 🤣 but I can't remember what I did 5 mins ago. 2y
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Ruthiella
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As far as I‘m aware, San Nicolas off the coast of California is currently still uninhabited. And as an adult, I see this book much differently than when I first read it. But as a child, I loved it and I so admired Karana and her self sufficiency.

#LitsySpringBreak. Island

sarahbarnes Wow, I loved this book as a kid! ❤️ 2y
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Me too. I remember being enthralled. 2y
TheKidUpstairs I loved this one, too! Would be interesting to reread 2y
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs I should reread it! As an adult, the loss of her family would hit me hard. As a kid, that kind of thing didn‘t phase me. Only animal deaths made me cry as a child. 2y
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Emiranda
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This HF Newberry award winner is a popular book read in elementary school. This book is a story about a 12 year old girl called Karana who is stranded on an island and has to work out how to survive. The book is very captivating. This book would be a great author study as Scott O‘dell has written many notable books and established an award for historical fiction books.

Emiranda https://www.readingrockets.org/howto EL 29 is used in an author study as they would research using many different materials. UDL 3.2 is used while they are highlighting the author. #UCFLAE3414SP21 2y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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I made it! My original goal was 24, as last year I'd read 18, which was a lot for me at the time because I haven't been reading regularly since my son was born in 2002.
So I upped it to 50 as I was bubbling along at around a book per week anyway.
I'm impressed and proud of myself that I was able to achieve this. My books are so delicious that I just want to gobble them all up!!
That is why I set my goal, keeps me wasting my time elsewhere.

Bits Congrats!!! 2y
Freespirit Well done 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
ozma.of.oz Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
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AmyG Yay🎉 2y
Hooked_on_books That‘s awesome! 🍾🥂 2y
Crazeedi Yay!!!👏👏👏 2y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Just finished this beautiful book. So sad for her to have been alone for so many years. Amazing that she had learned and discovered enough skills to survive, both physically as well as mentally.
Such an intriguing story, true as it is based on. Scott O'Dell did a fantastic job of painting a picture of her life, her thoughts & the atmosphere of the island itself.
I loved this book, I think I will definitely try again to read it with my daughters.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Snuggled up tonight reading this fascinating story. The strength & will of this young girl is amazing & the relationship she has with the wild dogs & her surroundings is riveting.
Stranded on her native island she survives alone waiting year after year for someone to find her.
My 11yr old lost interest but I've picked it back up again to read for myself. It's definitely more enjoyable than a couple of other books I'm cranking my way through 😏

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HeathHof
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#3books #withananinalonthecover All three of these were wonderful and haunting in their own ways. 💙
@alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 3y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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My girl is an adventurer.
She's a fussy reader this one, but I thought this story might be something she would like as the young girl is 12 at the beginning of the book, my girl is 11.

The story is about a young girl living on an island with her family when one day a ship comes and takes the entire tribe away, except for her.
This is based on a true story.
It covers over 10 years of this young girl surviving all on her own on her native island.

Carissa-Green-Reads A book of my childhood. . . 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Carissa-Green-Reads oohhh, I am sorry I never had the chance to read it, although I was an avid reader. I'm looking forward to reading it with my girl 💙 3y
HeathHof I loved this one growing up! I still have an old copy to revisit one of these days. 3y
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TheAromaofBooks If she enjoys this one, she may also like My Side of the Mountain, which is about a kid who runs away to the mountains & lives off the land. These were both favorites of mine when I was her age!! 3y
robinb I need to read this! 😩 Your daughter‘s a cutie! 😊 3y
kspenmoll I loved this when I was young! 3y
Tanisha_A Cute photograph! Book sounds good. 🙂 3y
Jess861 I loved this book when I was around 8-9 years old. In fact it still sits on my bookcase. 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @TheAromaofBooks Thank you for that, I will keep that in mind for her. My husband also bought her Swallows and Amazons which has a similar theme but the children come back home again after their visits. Awesome suggestion, thanks again 😊 3y
TheAromaofBooks Oh, I just read Swallows & Amazons for the first time last year and I LOVED it SO much! There's a whole series of books about the same children, which I didn't know before, so I've been collecting them as I go - getting ready to start book 7 and they've all been absolutely delightful! 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @TheAromaofBooks oh wow, I didn't know that about Swallows and Amazons. I will have to read the book first though, hopefully with my daughter. Then I will be on the hunt for the series 😉 Thanks again! 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @robinb aaawww, thank you, she may be cute but she's a bit of a handful, I call her my Pixie. Yes, I sure am looking forward to reading it also. 3y
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annahenke
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Insomnia tonight. Time to listen to an old childhood favorite. #nostalgia #audiobook

Deifio Oh I remember reading this in school! 3y
annahenke @Deifio love it! 3y
bookish_words What‘s this book about, I read a book with dolphin in the title when I was in elementary school and I don‘t know if it‘s this one 3y
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annahenke @ceci_reads it‘s about a young indigenous girl who stays on the island and lives on her own with the dolphins following a Russian invasion that empties the place. 3y
bookish_words @annahenke sadly it‘s not the same one but I‘ll add this to my list because it sounds like it‘d be a good read 3y
annahenke @ceci_reads this one is a children‘s classic - highly recommended! A newbury award winner! 3y
WJCintron This is the first book I read in English. The first book I read for the pleasure of it. I think I was in ninth grade. Since then I love to read!!! 2y
annahenke @WJCintron oh love that! This is a particular favorite of mine ❤️ 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
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This was book no. 16 for May's #BookSpinBonanza, and playing on my theme of long (LONG) overdue rereads, I hadn't picked this one up since high school! I've always been a sucker for stories about people surviving in the wilderness, so I enjoyed this book both then and now. Nothing mind-blowing here, but an enjoyable and engaging read based on a true story.

FantasyChick Oh I LOVED this book growing up! 3y
TheAromaofBooks @FantasyChick - I felt like it aged really well. I still quite enjoyed it as an adult!! 3y
kspenmoll This was a favorite of mine growing up! 3y
UwannaPublishme I read this last year and was very impressed by the story and the author. 🙌🏻 3y
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rubyslippersreads
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My tentative #JuneTBR. Two ARCs, three for book clubs, and one for the fun of royal gossip.

“I stood for a long time listening to her footsteps, until I could hear them no more, and then I went to the headland and brought the baskets back to the cave.” Most characters in the tagged book were #barefoot near the #ocean. (Come to think of it, the swashbuckling cats probably are too. 😹)

#jamminjune #boundtogetherjune #quotsyjun20 #multitasking

Eggs Loved Island of blue dolphins and Anastasia💕 3y
LeahBergen Empress Alexandra looks good! 3y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Doesn‘t it? It‘s one of my ARCs, and I thought it paired well with I Was Anastasia. 😄 3y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 3y
cozypunk 😳 Swasnbuckling 😺 Cats???? 😍 3y
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nukie19
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Gotta jump over to my book club book to finish by Tuesday. Excited to read my copy from when I was a kid, especially now that I live near where this took place. Should be a fun follow-up.

annahenke I adore this childhood classic 3y
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_livia.bastos_
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Genre: Young adult fiction
Date started: 12/10/19
Date finished: 12/15/19
Why this book: Received it as a gift
Summary: *Look in the comments

_livia.bastos_ Summary: An Indian girl named Karana was left alone for years on the Island of Blue Dolphins. When her tribe left the island and sailed east, she was left behind after she jumped out of the boat to get something her brother left behind. She spent year after year waiting for a ship to take her to the place where her tribe was at. She survived many situations such as attacks against wild dogs and when enemies arrived on the island. 3y
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Tianarose
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Love me some aged pages, and the smell! Nothing better.

Blaire I reread this book earlier this year and it was as good as I remembered. 3y
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Tianarose
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Don‘t remember when I read this. But I remember liking it as a kid. Let‘s see if that still holds true.

Slajaunie I did not like it as a kid nor do I like it now. 3y
TheBookAddict I enjoyed it as a kid as well. Haven‘t read it since. 3y
JacqMac I read it with my youngest a few years ago. We both liked it. 3y
LMJenkins Memories! I read this over and over again as a kid. 💛 3y
mariaku21 I remember reading this one as a kid and loved it! 3y
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ravenlee
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I always thought I had read this as a kid, but it was all new.

A girl is stranded on her home island off the CA coast when her tribe evacuates. She spends years fending for herself. Themes of isolation and survival, as well as hints of colonialism and environmental responsibility.

wanderinglynn That was one of my favorite books as a child. ❤️ 3y
FantasyChick I loved this book in school!! 3y
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audraelizabeth
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Island of the blue dolphins
Blue crush
No songs
#manicmonday
@JoScho

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Mary_Dehner
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Island of Blue Dolphins by Scot O Dell... I read this book in 3rd grade and it always stuck out in the forefront of my mind as one of the best books I‘ve ever read. It‘s about a Indian girl who befriends and nurses back to health a wild dog that killed her brother. Their bond lasts a lifetime. Such a memorable story. I would recommend an Author study after reading this book. I would utilize UDL strategy 5.2 and ESL strategy 48

DawnS I‘ve never heard of this book but your post intrigues me 🤔 I really like your resource and the story map idea it offers! 4y
Mary_Dehner @DawnS you‘ve got to read this book! I think you‘d like it. :) 4y
DawnS Thanks! I‘ll try to check it out soon! 4y
DrSpalding This is classic historical fiction! This is the reason there are dolphins on the award for historical fiction! Obviously graphic organizers work well for all students and are especially helpful for English learners. 4y
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ShyBookOwl
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Late to this one, sorry! Thx for the tag @Airykah13 😊

1. An author
2. Technical Writer
3. I think she'd understand. Steady pay is awesome lol I have a few short stories published 🤷🏽‍♀️
4. Let go! You can't control everything, and you don't have to.
5. 💜💜💜 sorry I missed humpday everyone!

@DebbieGrillo @MinDea

I tagged one of my childhood faves 😍

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InkedBookworm13
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📘 Island of the Blue Dolphins
🎥 Castaway
🎵 Message in a Bottle
#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💙🏝💙 4y
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FantasyChick
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📚 Tagged
📽 The Blue Lagoon
🎶 Kokomo - The Beach Boys

#manicmonday @JoScho

BookishTrish Nicely played 4y
JoScho Thanks for playing 💙🏝💙 4y
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TheSpineView
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GypsyKat Loved this book as a kid! 💙 4y
OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶 4y
Kaila-ann This was one of my favorite books growing up. 4y
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BennettBookworm Wow yes, blast from the past! 4y
kspenmoll I adored this book too! 4y
TheSpineView @GypsyKat @Kaila-ann @BennettBookworm @kspenmoll Even my grand kids love this book. It's a classic. 4y
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UwannaPublishme
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Author Scott O‘Dell (1898-1989) always had a high respect for all people, animals and nature, and abhorred those who abused or disrespected them. He wrote adult fiction for years until penning this powerful children‘s classic of survival and endurance. “The reason I write is to say something. I‘ve forsaken adults because they‘re not going to change, although they may try awfully hard. But children can and do change.” 😍🙌🏻

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ahoffkosik
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When I read Island of the Blue Dolphins as a kid, I felt a lot of pressure (weirdly) to think it was the BEST 👏 BOOK 👏 EVER 👏. I also thought it was pure fiction and that it was set on an island very far, far away. On this week‘s episode of my podcast, we disprove ALL of that misinformation. We also talk about the badassery of main character Karana, discuss kid lit emotional rabbit holes, fangirl over dogs, and more. Link to listen in bio! 🎧

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cjegolden99

“More than anything, it was the blue dolphins that took me back home.”

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cjegolden99

Historical fiction. This is a book I remember reading when I was older, around seventh grade. I think it‘s perfect for that older reader range but can also be uses to start readers a little younger than that on historical fiction.

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cjegolden99
Pickpick

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O‘Dell, 1960. A wonderful classic in the world of historical fiction. Based on a true story, it is a wonderful telling of survival and innovation. Truly a beautifully told story.

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tracydishman17

31/70. A reread for me.

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Jobridge
Pickpick

I wanted to read this book as a child but never got the chance. Reading it now as an adult I know I would have loved this book back then. It‘s an interesting survival narrative of a girl alone on an island that reminds me a bit of Hatchet, another childhood favorite of mine. It comforts me to know there are books like this with strong female protagonists for young girls to read.

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Jobridge
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I was heartbroken in elementary school when I didn‘t get put in the reading group for this book. Finally going to dive in after all these years!

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Loric
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I read this as a young girl and never forgot it so jumped at the chance to read with my granddaughter when she asked. I am not sure why I didn‘t realize it until reading it now, but this story is based on a real event. A simple, beautiful story of resilience, resourcefulness and love ... love of family, humanity, nature and animals, this story is written with such a reverence for life.

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Suzze
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1. I read and reread the tagged book after our teacher read it to us. I also loved Pooh. And Nancy Drew.
2. Not a fan of pie, although I‘d eat a piece of Grand Traverse Pie Company‘s apple crumb in a flash. Otherwise cake.
3. Road rallies. Solving clues leading from one location to the next. I‘ve been doing them for 37 years!
4. I‘ve wanted to live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan since I was a kid.
5. Hey to everyone! 👋🏼

#friyayintro

AprilMae Oooooo, love their cherry pie! Had it on vacation two summers ago and I am still in love ❤ 4y
Suzze @AprilMaesBookHabit There‘s one a couple of miles from my house. ❤️ 4y
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