Scott O'Dell was born in Los Angeles. He was a journalist and an authority on California histor. He won many awards for his writing, including the Newbery Award for Island of the Blue Dolphins. He died in October 1989.
Gr 5-8-Karana, a California Indian girl, is left behind when her tribe abandons its island home after a devastating battle with Aleuts who hunt furs for the Russians. Living alone for 18 years, she maintains her traditional ways, but her rescue brings her into the changed world of the Spanish missions. In Zia, Karana's niece leaves a Spanish mission to rescue her aunt. Both struggle with the restrictions and constraints of mission life. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.