The fate of Karana, heroine of Island of the Blue Dolphins, is revealed in this moving story of her niece, Zia. Finding her aunt is the strongest force in Zia's life, and in the hope of doing so, Zia moves to the Santa Barbara Mission, where she plans to go the Island where someone has seen her aunt - still alive after 18 years.Zia and her brother attempt the voyage in a small boat, but are forced to turn back. Karana's eventual rescue makes a profound effect on Zia, who is caught between two worlds: the world of her mother's tribal past and the strange present world of the California missions. Although Karana's years of isolation have made it impossible for her to speak with anyone, she manages to give Zia what the girl needs most, the precious gift of freedom.More
"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)
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- Julie Werner
Great for fourth graders!
I'd recommend this as a read aloud, especially since there are many difficult vocabulary words for a younger reader. Reading along while the book pronounces words that are difficult because they are higher level, specific to mission indians and the time period, makes it much more enjoyable.
Our class definitely liked Zia. She has a lot in common with Karana, who we loved in Island of the Blue Dolphins. She is courageous, and sticks to her opinions and beliefs, making her a great heroine.
No, way too long.
The audio was a little dull at times and hard to follow because the narrator seemed a little slower.
- Sharon M. Wilson