Genre: Young Adult


Performed by:
Jessica Almasy

Karana stood looking at me through the iron bars. She must have known me at once because I looked like her sister. She touched my hand and held it for a moment. For years, Zia has dreamt of going to the Island of the Blue Dolphins to find her aunt Karana, her dead mother’s sister who was left alone on the island nearly twenty years ago. It’s the reason Zia came to the Santa Barbara Mission in the first place. The reason she braves the treacherous ocean waters again and again to rescue Karana herself. But every time she tries, she fails. Finally, Zia’s aunt is brought to her. Finally, her greatest dream has come true. But sometimes the reality is not nearly as sweet as the dream. When Island of the Blue Dolphins was published in 1960, fans asked what happened to Karana after she left the island. Zia tells those facts so far as they are known from the point of view of a girl who has her own story to tell. “Bound to be among the outstanding books of the year.” — Publishers Weekly

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 4 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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Scott O'Dell

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.
Jessica Almasy

Jessica Almasy is a writer, actress, teacher, and director living in New Jersey. She is a two time Audie Award recipient, received numerous Earphones Awards, a Golden Voice honor, and has narrated 150 audiobooks. In 2005, Jessica co-founded the TEAM, a devising company that writes collaboratively driven visual and highly physical theatre pieces about the current moment in the American psyche.

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