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What are three main events in Island of the Blue Dolphins and what is the point of them?

Three main events in Scott O’Dell’s novel Island of the Blue Dolphins include a battle that takes the lives of many members of Karana’s island tribe; the tribe's departure, which leaves behind Karana and her brother Ramo; Karana's rescueafter many years alone on the island and her relocation to Santa Barbara, California. The main point of each of these three events is that a tremendously life-changing circumstance takes place.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins is based on the true story of a Native American woman who spent 18 years alone on San Nicolas Island, off the coast of California (from about 1835 to 1853). In the novel, twelve-year-old Karana is a member of a tribe that fishes and gathers roots. Her life is shockingly changed when Aleuts and Russian fur hunters come to her island and incite a battle. Her father and many other men are killed.

The tribe’s new chief goes east and sends back a ship to...

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