Ziaby Scott O'Dell
A young Indian girl, caught between the traditional world of her mother and the present world of the mission, is helped by her Aunt Karana, whose story was told in Island of the Blue Dolphins. "Bound to be among the outstanding books of the year." -- Publishers Weekly See more details below
A young Indian girl, caught between the traditional world of her mother and the present world of the mission, is helped by her Aunt Karana, whose story was told in Island of the Blue Dolphins. "Bound to be among the outstanding books of the year." -- Publishers Weekly
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An excerpt from Zia
"To the Island of the Blue Dolphins," Mando said. "We will find Karana
and bring her home." He paused and his face lighted up. "We could
put a sail on the boat and sail sometimes when the wind was blowing.
Then we could row when it was calm. We could do both. We could row
and sail. In two days or three we would reach the island."
"Maybe she is not there now," I said.
"Maybe she is dead," said Mando. "Maybe wild dogs ate her up."
"It is possible," I said to put an end to these thoughts. "But the
white man, Captain Nidiver, saw her footsteps in the sand when he
was there last year."
"Why did he not follow the footsteps? That's what I would like to
"There was a storm coming up and he feared for his boat."
"I will ask Mukat and Zando about these things. Then we will know.
And maybe Father Merced also. No. Not him. Father Vicente? Maybe he
will come with us. It would make it easier with three of us. The I
could fish while we sailed along. It would be easier even if I did
not fish. But I am afraid of what Father Merced will say. Likewise
Father Vicente. They may not allow us to go."
I felt angry. "We will go anyway, whatever is said. We are not chained
to the earth. We have a boat and oars and an anchor. What are they
for? They belong to us. To go out in San Felipe lagoon, is that what
they are meant for?"
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Meet the Author
Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.
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