Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as the island of San Nicholas. Dolphins flash in the blue waters around it, sea otters play in the vast kep beds, and sea elephants loll on the stony beaches.
Here, in the early 1800s, according to history, a Nicoleño Native American girl spent eighteen years alone, and this beautifully written novel is her story.
The US National Parks Service has a website dedicated to the island and this story, with lots of resources for lesson plans. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/islandofthebluedolphins/index.htm