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Island of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O'Dell ; illustrated by Ted Lewin.
Contributor biographical information
Publisher description
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1990.
181 p., [12] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm.


Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

Best Books:

Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, 1972 ; National Council of Teachers of English; United States
Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Sixth Edition, 1976 ; National Council of Teachers of English; United States
Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Tenth Edition, 1988 ; National Council of Teachers of English; United States
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1990 ; United States
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Notable Children's Books, 1960 ; ALSC American Library Association; United States

Awards, Honors, Prizes:

Children's Literature Council of Southern California Award, 1961 Winner Notable book United States
Friends of Children and Literature (FOCAL) Award, 1981 Winner United States
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Honor List, 1962 Winner International
John Newbery Medal, 1961 Winner United States
Nene Award, 1964 Winner Hawaii
Virginia Young Readers Program, 1982 Winner Elementary Virginia
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1963 Winner Kansas

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1983 ; Nominee; Younger Children; North Dakota
Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2007-2008 ; Elementary Division; Wisconsin

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.4
Accelerated Reader Points 6
Accelerated Vocabulary, Literacy Skills

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.
Lexile Measure 1000

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Title Point Value 12
Lexile Measure 1000


Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature)
Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1961, this story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an island off the coast of California, still fascinates young readers. Her survival story--fighting the wild dogs and loneliness, hunting for food, and hoping to be rescued--is spellbinding. 1996 (orig. 1960), Houghton/Dell, $16.00, $20.00, $5.50, $5.99 and $4.50. Ages 10 up.

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1990)
An outstanding new edition of this popular modern classic (Newbery Award, 1961), with an introduction by Zena Sutherland and a dozen compelling full-page watercolor illustrations to enchant new readers and old friends. 1990, Houghton Mifflin, $18.95. Starred Review. © 1990 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.


Indians of North America--Juvenile fiction.
Indians of North America--Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.O237 Is 1990
90035331 [Fic]
0395536804 : $18.95
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