I can't believe that I've lived nearly half a century (gasp!) without reading this classic book. I escaped it in my childhood when many of my friends were reading it. After all, it was a classic, and I couldn't be bothered with those old tomes. I escaped it throughout the duration of my teaching career because I was too busy plowing through the latest and greatest shiny stars of the publishing world. My kids will be reading and discussing either/or ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS and HATCHET during our January book club, and I'm thrilled to have nudged this one their way. We all need Karana in our lives.