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Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otter play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches.

Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, an Indian girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story. It is a romantic adventure filled with drama and heartache, for not only was mere subsistence on so desolate a spot a near miracle, but Karana had to contend with the ferocious pack of wild dogs that had killed her younger brother, constantly guard against the Aleutian sea otter hunters, and maintain a precarious food supply.

More than this, it is an adventure of the spirit that will haunt the reader long after the book has been put down. Karana's quiet courage, her Indian self-reliance and acceptance of fate, transform what to many would have been a devastating ordeal into an uplifting experience. From loneliness and terror come strength and serenity in this Newbery Medal-winning classic.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published on February 8, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0545289599
ISBN-13: 9780547328614
185 Book Reviews
  • pororo06
    pororo06almost 5 years55 stars
    This is a story I read in 4th grade. It was so good that I can remember every single detail in this book. It related to the Native Americans, a subject we were learning in Social Studies. I think it helped me learn new facts about Native Americans.
    • mastercash101
      mastercash101about 5 years
      loved it it's just i need to read it again
      • katniss75
        katniss75over 5 years22 stars
        same with other ibd book review
        • katniss75
          katniss75over 5 years22 stars
          It was ok i guess. All that was going on was. "I want water," so she goes to get water then, "I want food," so she gets food and says, "I want more water to wash it all down," and the cycle repeats.
          • gn10ac67cl98
            gn10ac67cl98over 5 years
            I've read this book and it is awesome!
            • dolphinlover7
              dolphinlover7over 5 years
              I think this book is good because I love dolphins. #DOLPHINLOVER7
              • cimmie
                cimmieover 5 years55 stars
                gripping story about a young woman survives in a deserted island all by her lonesome. beautiful, beautiful book
                • coolgirllover
                  coolgirlloverover 5 years
                  hi i think this book is good
                  • fiestykitten05
                    fiestykitten05over 5 years55 stars
                    this book was awesome i could read it over and over again. i wish rountu was my dog #rountulover
                    • Bobover 5 years
                      This is the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!