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by Scott O'Dell

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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.  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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Zia and her brother set out to rescue their aunt, Karana, in this sequel to the Newbery Award-winning Island of the Blue Dolphins. Ages 9-12. (Feb.)
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"Bound to be among the outstanding books of the year." —Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
In this sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins, Karana's niece Zia takes center stage. Throughout her childhood Zia had heard the stories about her aunt and is determined to be the one to "rescue" her aunt from the island. Independent, strong-willed, and determined, Zia sets about making plans to row to the island, persuading her younger brother to help her in her quest. Twice they fail, the second time because they are kidnapped by Yankee whalers and put to work aboard a ship. Eventually they escape and return to the mainland. Woven into the plot is the struggle of the native people who are taken into forced labor and exploited by the local missions. When the laborers escape in the middle of the night, Zia is imprisoned for her role in their exodus. From her prison cell she is able to witness her aunt's arrival and the two finally meet with outstretched hands through the cell's barred window. This story has plenty of tension and action to sustain a reader's interest. Finely but not overly articulated details of the life, the people, and the landscape of both sea and land around the 1850's in California lay a foundation for understanding how the coastal regions were developed and how native peoples contributed to that development. It is a great book for examining social justice issues and exploitation of an impoverished people, while at the same time, offering up an adventure story that is at times edge-of-your-seat gripping. Reviewer: Maggie Chase

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            "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?"


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Zia 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great details of Zia's feeling and her emotions and the nature and vocabulary. it would be best to read Island of the Blue Dolphins before this book because this book is a follower. Sol-Marie 5th grade
Avid_Reader101 More than 1 year ago
I was blown away just as I was with the first one! This book really is a great countinuation to The Isalnd of the Blue Dolphins. I cried at the end! This book was emotionale and hardly funny. It shows the harships of indians when they had to work in missions. I deffinitely would recomend this book. It's just that I wouldn't re-read it because of how sad it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story has an amazing plot, and if you have read Island of the Blue Dolphins, it fills in all of the things you were wondering why they happened. You also get to see what happens to Karana, and her niece and nephew! Learn what happened after the white men left!
Happens_2_b_me More than 1 year ago
Zia is a fourteen-year-old living at the Santa Barbara mission in California. She is brave and she has a striving wish to save her aunt, Karana, from the loneliness of the Island of the Blue Dolphins. She and her brother, Mando, then try to rescue their dear aunt, but they have many obstacles ahead of them. As exciting as this book may sound, it did not really capture my attention. Although Zia was the main character, the author did not reveal very much of her personality, which would've added much to the story. Other characters also lacked unique traits of themselves. Also, while reading the story, I sometimes got confused because the storyline swerved and it went to a different subject. Most of the book was also pretty much boring. There were a few parts that I really did enjoy, but hose came only a few times. In the end, Karana is saved, but she dies because she missed her real home on the island. This book did not fit my idea of a good book, but that's only my opinion. I think that people who enjoy action and an exciting plot would not really like this book, but those who like more realistic and girlish books would definitely like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you read Island of the Blue Dolphins, you gotta read this. I was more into this when I read it in 6th grade compared to when I read #1 in 5th grade with the class. It's a quick page turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿The waves are hitting our boat,¿ said Zia as she was tightly grasping on to her brother. This a book by Scott O¿ Dell titled Zia This book is about a girl named Zia who is looking for her Aunt Karana. Her Aunt Karana lives on the Island Of Blue Dolphins. In order to get to the island Zia rides a boat she finds in the sea. Then she claims the boat with her brother. Next she uses the boat to find her Aunt Karana with her brother. And she was pressured not to go alone with brother because they said the waves could kill them. And on their way to and from the island they found some misfortunes. The main character in this book is Zia. Zia really wants to find her Aunt Karana. Zia likes to stick to everything she wants to do. For example when everybody was telling Zia that she shouldn¿t go sailing in the ocean, she still did because she wanted to meet her aunt. She is also very close to her brother. For example when the captain told her that she shouldn¿t take her brother because he was to young, she still did because she loved him. I think this historical fiction book is not the worst, but also not the best. This book does not have a lot of adventure, besides the boat ride to the island. Some ways this book could become better is if the author added some more characters, add some more adventure, and if it also put in more action. So this is my opinion about this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book wasn't that bad, but in lots of the parts it was confusing. You can't keep track of all the names and what's happening. I don't think it's a terrible book, but if you can't stand anything confusing, don't read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Very exciting and fun to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was great, I enjoyed it cover to cover!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good but island of the blue dolphinsisbetter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read Island of the Blue Dolphins
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Remembered the first one and didn't know there was a sequel. So got around to reading it and wow was it good. A little sad but good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Please leave comments but no rude ones. Quest apps at vespers rising and next in 'the lost heir by tui t. sutherland'.) The Posideon cabin was blue-no surprise-but in the inside I saw a dark haired boy with sea green eyes and a girl sitting on a bed together talking in hushed voices. "This is Percy and thats his girlfriend Annabeth," Anna said. I waved and looked around. There were two bunk beds. One was piled with clothes and super duper messy but the other one was very organized. "This is my bunk," Anna said indicating to the neater one. "THAT is Percy's." She gave a pure look of disgust. "Hey Anna, what did I do?" Percy asked actually looking confused. Annabeth and Anna rolled their eyes and Annabeth pointed to thed bed. "Oh! That again! Seriously Anna, I don't get how you call that messy," Percy agrued shaking his head. "Whatever, Esmerelda, lets go see the other cabins where beds are actually neat," Anna said pulling me toward the door. The next csbin we went to was the Demeter cabin where boys and girls where producing plants out of thin air. "Is Demeter related to Dionysus?" I asked thinking how much the two cabins looked alike. "I guess in a way," Anna answered. "Want to see the arena?" "Sure!" We then took a walk to a circular arena with dummies circled around it. It was empty so Anna suggested we should practice. Immediently I slipped my ring onto my finger next to the pinkie. The effect was immediate, a celestial bronze sword appeared in my hand and I practiced whipping it around while Anna watched cheering or giving me suggestions. "Want to practice against eachother?" I asked looking at Anna. "Oh, you don't want to practice with me," she said shaking her head. "I'll beat you for sure." "Won't see 'til we try it," I answered giving her one of my cooky grins. "Fine." She stood up and slipped a horse charm braceket off her wrist and said sword. Just like that a bronze sword appeared. "But I'll go easy on you." Are swords clashed and in a moment our swords were striking eachother. I had tooken fencing but I had never been too good and I could tell Anna was having trouble holding back a full fledge attack. After about five minutes Anna's blade caught mine and knocked it out my hand. It clattered onto the sandy floor and the two of us were gasping for breaths. "You . . . you did a good job," Anna managed. "Thanks but you did good too," I said looking at her in the eye. She turned away."It's just that I'm experienced and you kind of just started and that was good for a begginer." "But I did fencing," I answered. "But still," Anna replied. A bell rang off in the distance. "We sjould go down to dinner now," she suggested and touched a certain spot on the handle of her sword. It transformed back into a horse charm bracelet that she slipped over her hand. "Lets go."
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