Scott O'Dell was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 23, 1898. He attended Occidental College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University, and University of Rome. He worked as a technical director for Paramount, a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and a book editor of a Los Angeles newspaper before serving in the United States Air Force during World War II. The recipient of numerous book awards, he established the Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction in 1981. He died on October 15, 1989. "From the Paperback edition."
"An almost unbearably moving story of what happened to the Indian woman, Karana, when she had been left alone at the end of The Island of the Blue Dolphins....Bound to be among the outstanding books of the year, on everyone's list."--"Publishers Weekly".
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.