Zia

Zia

Book - 1976
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A young Indian girl, Zia, 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 the Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1976
ISBN: 9780395243930
0395243939
Characteristics: 179 p. ; 22 cm

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AMDLibrary
Jul 23, 2020

A very well done follow up to Island of the Blue Dolphins, addressing many relevant issues and dynamics while blending fact and fiction beautifully. Zia is as profoundly a strong yet grounded female character as is Karana.

Thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated O'Dell's story crafting.

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NADINE KEELS
Nov 30, 2019

Because I just revisited Island of the Blue Dolphins and only learned a few days ago of this novel following it, I was curious to find out what the story of Karana's niece is all about. However, I think it was only the glimpse into an unjust part of history that kept me interested in this second book: the depiction of people being forced to live and work at Christian missions as if for the sake of their souls.

I can appreciate an understated writing style, but I'm finding that a plot itself really has to engross me (like in Sing Down the Moon) in order for this particular author's style not to be dull to me. Some parts of this story that got my attention came to anticlimactic ends, and it often felt like the plot didn't really have anywhere it needed to go. Although the children's classic that precedes this book isn't a personal favorite of mine, I do have respect for the heroine Karana, and though her appearance in this book is relatively brief, I suspect that a lot of people who love her story in the earlier book will find her role in this one to be a regretful, unsatisfying, and likely unnecessary addendum.

I don't know if I'll try this author again in the future, but I'm not sorry I indulged my curiosity about this sequel.

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