Karana and her family live on a small island off the southwestern coast of California. When trouble breaks out between Aleut otter hunters from the far north and the men in Karana’s tribe, many are killed. Haunted by the memories of their slain loved ones, Karana’s people decide to leave the Island of the Blue Dolphins. As they depart, Karana realizes that her younger brother, Ramo, is not on the ship. In a split second decision, Karana jumps into the churning sea and swims back to the island and her brother. Throughout the novel, which is based on a true story, issues of character, survival, and appreciation for life will enthrall the reader.
Students summarize character traits of Karana when they complete this engaging worksheet.