Alice’s Attic: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Today I unearthed Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Bottom Line: You don’t need the post-apocalypse for a good survival story.
Why this book rocks: Karana is the original survivalist-with-a-heart-of-gold teen girl and she is as tough as they come. Stranded by her tribe on their dolphin-shaped island, she hunts for food, builds canoes, fights giant squids, and fights/befriends frenemy wild dogs.
Who should read this book: girls who suspect that they, too are tough enough to eat nails for breakfast, animal whisperers (Karana has a menagerie of animal bffs by the end of the book), and history buffs (this is based on a TRUE story).
Life lesson handed down: Vengeance can be sweet, but friendship is better. Also, never get in the middle of a sea elephant brawl, that’s going to leave a mark.
About Alice’s Attic
Rickety floorboards, killer sprickets (uh, they’re real, and they’re deadly), and dust avalanches won’t stop us from heading down memory lane.