Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins tells the story of an American Indian girl stranded on an island, alone, for 18 years. This literature guide for the Newbery Award winner will excite students to keep reading from cover to cover. Our resources will help teachers to extend the book.
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Updated on: February 9, 2001
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Books by Scott O'Dell

Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
Sponge fishing is a way of life for the men in Alexandra's family. Her desire to fish leads her to danger and difficult times.

The Black Pearl
Newbery Honor Award Winner
Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
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Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
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Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
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Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
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Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
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Sing Down the Moon
Newbery Honor Award Winner
Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
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Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
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Grade Levels: Intermediate, Middle
Zia is a young Indian girl caught between the traditional world of her tribe and the world of the mission in which she lives. She is helped by her Aunt Karana, whose story is told in Island of the Blue Dolphins.

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