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Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

This book is about an American Indian girl whose tribe sails from their island, but accidentally leaves her behind. She must survive on her own, find food, make herself a shelter, and not be killed by the wild dogs that live also on her island. It is very sad (I cried the first time I read it), so if you don't like sad books, DO NOT read this! But it is really good.

Average: 4.2 (52 votes)
submitted by Maiara H , age 11
(July 3, 2008 - 1:20 pm)

I've read this book and I didn't think it was too terribly sad. But's that just my opinion.

submitted by Clair T.
(July 4, 2008 - 8:24 am)

This is a pretty good book and it's won an award.

submitted by Amy, age 10, USA
(July 4, 2008 - 9:43 am)

I didn't like this book much, and I didn't find it well written either.

submitted by Mae P, age 12, California
(July 5, 2008 - 5:40 pm)

Mae, what kind of books do you like?

submitted by Bookgirl , age 10, Earth
(July 6, 2008 - 8:10 am)

It's really good and I DID cry. ;_;

submitted by Caroline K., age 9, North Carolina
(July 12, 2008 - 10:05 am)

Island of the Blue Dolphins
is a book that I, personally, would not reccomend. It was a good book, but it has a very saddening story. When you hear the title Island of the Blue Dolphins, you expect to hear about a girl who lives on an island with dolphins. not about a girl who gets left behind and must fend for herself.

submitted by Lucynda S., age 12, Campbell, CA
(July 14, 2008 - 2:54 pm)

I think this is an amazing read. The writer tells the story with such skill, describing how the girl survives on her own wits. It is a little sad, but I don't mind.

submitted by Grace M., age 12, Simpsonville, S
(July 17, 2008 - 12:43 pm)

Sounds interesting. I debated on whether to read it or not because some of you say it is not that good and sad and others say it is good!

I will maybe give it a try and just decide for myself if I like it or not! I'm SO confused right now about this!

submitted by Kirby B
(July 20, 2008 - 4:47 pm)

If you like fantasy or friendship books you might not like this book. If you like adventure books and wilderness stuff and books about humans relationship to dogs...?.... you might like this book. It was okay in my opinion.

submitted by hannah
(July 24, 2008 - 8:24 am)

You should read this book. It is realy good! You might like it! 

submitted by Libby G., age 11, Arkansas
(July 26, 2008 - 2:56 pm)


I agree, the complex of the book is amazing, the way she feels acts and what she sees is so clear in your head but i thought it was a litllte sad. I enjoy fantasy books better.


submitted by kiki, age almost12, somewhere
(March 11, 2010 - 10:12 am)

I thought that The Island of the Blue Dolphins was a fabulous book. I loved it!

submitted by Anna M., age 11, Bellevue, WA
(July 30, 2008 - 4:21 pm)

I thought that The Island of the Blue Dolphins was a fabulous book. I loved it!

submitted by Anna M., age 11, Bellevue, WA
(July 30, 2008 - 4:21 pm)

I hated it! It didn't make sense!

submitted by Elizabeth V., Cullowhee, NC
(October 27, 2008 - 6:58 pm)

I loved this book! It was sad, but inspiring also. It is a really good tale of survival and loss. It shows that girls can do stuff!

submitted by Crystal, age 14, NY
(November 15, 2008 - 11:03 pm)