Author: Scott O'Dell
Copies Sold: 6.6 million
The Children's Literature Association named "Island of Blue Dolphins" one of the 10 best American children's books. The story is based on the life of a 12-year-old Native American girl, Karana, who jumped ship to be with her younger brother abandoned on an island. When the brother dies, Karana learns to survive finding inner strength and serenity.