In Island of the Blue Dolphins, a young native American girl named Karana witnesses her life change forever when a ship of an enemy tribe lands on her island. After a tumultuous time of conflict and change, Karana and her brother are the only ones left on the island. When her brother dies, Karana must make a life for herself. Her many trials and long years of solitude tell a story about the path to morality, forgiveness, and the importance of human connection.

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