What happened to Karana of the Island of the Blue Dolphins?

When fourteen-year-old Zia and her brother, Mando, find a boat cast up on the beach near the Santa Barbara mission, they are determined to make the voyage out to the far island -- the Island of the Blue Dolphins -- where Karana, their aunt, was left behind nearly eighteen years ago, and rescue her. And so, with a piece of cloth for a sail, a fishhook, a compass, and no sailing experience, Zia and Mando set out in their eighteen-foot boat for the sixty-mile journey, a journey filled with danger and adventure -- and a reunion.
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