Read “Star Sand” if You Liked…

The Island of the Blue Dolphins!

I can’t tell you how many times I read this book as a kid, either for my own enjoyment or for a class requirement.

The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is a tale of adventure that starts when a young Indian girl named Karana gets left behind on an island when her people leave with a ground of white sailors. She must learn to fend for herself, fight off predators, and keep herself company. Nearly two decades pass before another ship docks at Karana’s island. This ship takes her to Stanta Barbara, California, where she learns to live a new life.

In Star Sand by Roger Pulvers, a young Japanese-American girl named Hiroumi is abandoned by her family in Japan when World War II comes to the islands. Alone, she makes her way to the island of Hatoma, where she fends for herself. While wandering the beach one day Hiroumi finds an American solider in a tattered uniform. He is obviously in distress. When she goes to assist him, a Japanese deserter comes to her aid, helping her carry the American to a nearby cave. In the cave both the Japanese and the American deserters live, with the help of Hiroumi.

I won’t spoil anything for you, but the reason these books are so similar is because of how each book ends.

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