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Zia (Island of the Blue Dolphins #2)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  3,228 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews

A young Indian girl, caught between the traditional world of her mother and the present world of the mission, is helped by her Aunt Karana, whose story was told in Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 8th 1998 by Yearling (first published 1976)
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Elena Catlett If you have read the first book Zia's mother is Karana's sister. I read the series for school and in the Island of the Blue Dolphin's it mentions that…moreIf you have read the first book Zia's mother is Karana's sister. I read the series for school and in the Island of the Blue Dolphin's it mentions that the ship that her sister was on sunk before it made it to their destination. We didn't understand how Zia is alive their if her mother never even made it.(less)
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May 25, 2014 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young children just starting to read chapter books.
Shelves: a-audiobook
Zia is a native American girl who lives at the Spanish mission in Santa Cruz. She is determined to travel to the island off the coast where her aunt was last seen many years earlier.

When a boat washes up on the beach she finally has a means to get there and be reunited with her mother's sister but the island is remote and the voyage will be difficult.

Zia is a children's book aimed at kids who are just starting to read chapter books. It's a quick read about the determination of one young girl to
Dec 13, 2011 jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yaf, 2011
I read this book because, of course, I love Island of the Blue Dolphins. This is a very different kind of book, and though Karana is in it, it is more historical fiction about the conditions of native people around the time of the Spanish Missions in California. It follows Zia, Karana's niece, who lives in a Mission on the coast. She dreams of taking a boat to the Island of the Blue Dolphins to rescue her aunt. Life is not easy for the indigenous people who live and work in the Mission. The desc ...more
Jaclyn Greene
Aug 12, 2013 Jaclyn Greene rated it did not like it
This book was rather disappointing after getting so close to Karana in Island of the Blue Dolphins. I understand this is meant for a younger audience, but I found it pretty dull. Zia and her brother, Mando, are fairly flat characters who attempt to sail in a small boat to Karana's island with the approval of their family. They are about twelve years old, and the island is sixty miles away over open ocean. Not much is explained about Zia's mother, who is Karana's sister, who her father was/is, or ...more
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Sequel to O’Dell’s Newbery Award winner, Island of the Blue Dolphins . Zia lives at the Mission Santa Barbara with her younger brother, Mando. They traveled to the mission after their mother and father had died. Zia has long heard stories about her Aunt Zarana who was left behind on the Island of the Blue Dolphins, her tribe’s ancestral home. Now she hopes to sail to the island and bring her Aunt back to live with them at the Mission.

This was not so compelling a story as IotBD, but I still thou
Heather Steele
Sep 21, 2014 Heather Steele rated it it was ok
If you're looking for more of the beauty and wonder of Island of the Blue Dolphins...look somewhere else. This book is dark, dreary, and depressing as all hell.

Karana's niece wants to rescue her from the island where she was left behind so many years ago. But all of the natives who came from the Island all those years ago have died from disease. Karana's niece and nephew are all that remain. So when Karana arrives, there is no one left who speaks her language, and she can't adapt to the new worl
In this sequel to "Island of the Blue Dolphins," young Zia is determined to travel back to her people's island to rescue her mother's sister Karana, who stayed behind when the others left a generation ago. Zia and her brother Mando find a boat on the beach after a storm and set out for the island, only to run into trouble with the weather and whalers. They are forced to turn back, and it is some time before Zia convinces anyone to seek out her aunt. When Karana arrives, there is no one who speak ...more
Krizia Anna
Sep 02, 2011 Krizia Anna rated it it was ok
Shelves: scott-odell
It was boring. The first book was definitely better than this one. It does not have the same anticipation and climax as the first book. There are also a lot of information left out. I would love to know more about Zia but the book was more centered on Karana and how Zia felt about her. The title should have been "Karana". Mando was not even present most of the time. I only got to see him in several chapters. I would love to see the dynamics between Zia and Mando more. The book is not what I have ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Stuart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
A very good sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins. It centers around the Island Girl's niece, Zia, who lives at the Spanish mission in Santa Barbara. Be warned, it is different in tone to its prequel. You may not be happy with that tone (as I see several reviewers comment). I already knew this because I read up on the true story that inspired Island of the Blue Dolphins.

First, she tries to go to the island herself, then she convinces one of the priests to make the journey. She is driven by the u
Bought this at a school book fair because I'd loved the first book so much. Was very disappointed, as I did not find it as good as the first. I think I had expected it to be just like it. I should probably read it again for its own sake, because as an older person I find sequels that are identical to their predecessors to be quite boring and unoriginal.
Jun 13, 2010 Meg rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
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Chelsey Ortega
Aug 23, 2014 Chelsey Ortega rated it did not like it
This book was incredibly disappointing. I loved the the first one so much! I just had a hard time getting into the character's personality. I felt like the story the O'Dell created for her was not worth writing. And historically he shouldn't have even written this. Island of the Blue Dolphins is based off a true story, while Zia is completely fictional. In real life, the ship that Karana's tribe left the island on (while Karana was left on the island) sunk or got lost and no one every heard from ...more
Linda C
This sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins features 14 year old Zia and her brother, 12 year old Mando, who are niece and nephew of Karana, the abandoned girl on the Island. They want to bring her to the mainland. When they find a shipwrecked whaling boat they determine to fix it up and make the rescue. They get advice from an otter hunter who saw Karana when he went to the island hunting. Their journey is beset by several misadventures and they end up back home at the Mission. Zia's determinati ...more
Chris Meads
Zia is the continuation of the Island of the Blue Dolphins, or what happened to Karana after she left the island.

Zia is a young girl whose mother was the sister of Karana. Zia had learned of Karana before her mother passed away and now Zia wants to rescue Karana from the island. That she tries with her brother, Mundo with a small boat they found washed up. They get caught by whalers and escape.

During this time, the Indians live at the Mission where they have to work hard just to be able to eat a
Sep 16, 2015 Terralyn rated it it was ok
This book was such a far departure from the first book. Sometimes that works in a series but in this instance, it did not.
This story was heart wrenching. In book one, Karana was such a strong woman and that theme carried throughout the entire book. In Zia, both Zia and Karana are portrayed in a very different light. There is definitely some sexism going on in this story that goes past historical influence.
Speaking of history, I do believe this book portrayed how natives were treated inhumanely
Aug 29, 2016 Lil rated it it was ok
Big disappointment. This book is completely different then Island of the Blue Dolphins; tone, pacing, storyline, and message all are off. We don't even get a story from Karana's point of view; it's from Zia's point of view, Karana's niece. The pacing is slow, and all the interesting bits happen away from Zia, so we're only told about it after the fact. And we never get to know how Karana feels about anything at all; there is little to no communication between Zia and Karana due to the language b ...more
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Feb 23, 2016 Cassie rated it did not like it
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For some reason I have yet to figure out, I had never realized this book was a sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins. I LOVED Island of the Blue Dolphins. Did I love this one? Not even close. I wanted to know what happened to Karana after she was rescued from the island, but I wanted it from *her* perspective. I wanted to know how she felt about the rescue, and what she encountered once she got to a new place and met new people. I wanted to know how she adjusted, if she got married or had a fami ...more
Jun 11, 2007 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as its predecessor, Island of the Blue Dolphins, but a great introduction to the ranchero and mission period in California history. The book gives voice to a variety of perspectives within a community.
Kathie Jackson
Not nearly as heartbreaking and breathtaking as O'Dell's masterpiece Island of the Blue Dolphins, but still a well-written, satisfying read.
Apr 01, 2016 Megalion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a followup to the story. This is all based on real life so it was really disconcerting to read Zia's accounts of the dynamics between the natives and the missionaries.

In SoCal, its a requirement in schools that at some point you study the Missions of California. After reading this, I'm appalled really as I don't recall it being taught accurately. I believe I went through it at the 4th grade level. I believe all that they said about it was that the natives died of diseases that they had
Margaret Carmel
May 05, 2014 Margaret Carmel rated it it was amazing
This book is head and shoulders above Island of the Blue Dolphins.

While the books are related plot wise, they follow completely different narrative themes and story arcs. This one raises lots of questions regarding the conquest of Indian lands and culture, identity, and right and wrong. Also, I love how this story's plot intertwines with Island of the Blue Dolphins in a way that raises suspense. As opposed to Island of the Blue Dolphins, I had no idea where the plot of this story was heading. Ev
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me
After her aunt is abandoned on the Island of the Blue Dolphins, Zia is determined to find a way to get back to the island and rescue her. Enlisting the aid of her younger brother Mando, Zia hopes to patch up a fishing boat that washes up on the beach and sail to the island where her aunt Karana has been living alone for over a decade. But it's not as easy a task as she thinks when whaling ships, revolution against the Mexican missions and unfriendly seas intervene. Besides, even if Karana were r ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Sandy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I have to say I loved the book, Island of the Blue Dolphin so when I saw this book, I had to read it as this is the sequel. This sequel, Zia centers around the characters Zia and her brother Mando who live in a mission ran by some Fathers around the area of Santa Cruz. Zia went there in the hopes of finding her aunt Karana, who is on the Island of the Blue Dolphins with the hopes of rescuing her and bringing her back to her family. Zia feels that this would be the best thing for her aunt, Karana ...more
Laura Verret
Zia’s mother told her stories before she died. Stories about her sister, Karana, who had been left alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. These stories have stayed with Zia always – they have stayed in her mind as a thing she will someday do. And now, finally, it seems possible.

For a small boat has washed onto the shore of the Blue Beach, and whatever is found on the Blue Beach, belongs to the person who found it. Zia decides that she, with her little brother, Mando, will find the Island of t
Donald Trump
Jan 16, 2012 Donald Trump rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone who like action and adventure books
Recommended to Donald Trump by: Jonathan
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Mar 23, 2012 Cindi rated it liked it
Zia, by Scott O'Dell is a book that gives a fictionalized account of life in the California missions by a fourteen-year-old girl whose ancestors lived on one of the Channel Islands located off the coast of California near Santa Barbara and Ventura. The residents of that island were part of the Nicolenos, a small band of American Indians which no longer exists. ZiaIsland of the Blue Dolphins.

Island of the Blue Dolphins is a better book than its sequel. But Zia is a book worth reading, especially
Dec 16, 2013 Quangloitao rated it it was amazing
"Zia" by Scott O'Dell is a fiction adventure story about the main character named Zia. The theme of the story is Zia's plan and her long rough voyage.
At first sight, Zia is a teenage girl tried to find her last relative, besides her brother, Karana. The quest to find her aunt who had been living no trace since her mother passed away. Though there weren't tidings about her aunt but Zia still sought persistantly and hoped to see Karana. She got advices from Captain Nidever who had experiences the
Kati Polodna
Aug 05, 2014 Kati Polodna rated it it was ok
Disappointed. It is a very different book than Island of the Blue Dolphins. I didn't find the same pull I felt with the characters or the setting. Not the same kind of magic. I remember disliking this when I read it in fifth grade. I wanted more Karana, not Zia. I didn't like their interactions or how Karana came across flat and clichéd, not like the courageous woman she was on the island.
2.5 stars. I wanted to read this because it was the follow-up to the story of "Island of the Blue Dolphins." I thought Karana, who was the main character of that book, would be more throughout this book. She was really only a very small part of the story. This is really a coming of age story of Zia. It had some ok parts but most of it was pretty dull. It was leagues away from "Island of the Blue Dolphins," which is one of my favorite books.
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Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books. He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards. Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (19 ...more
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