Dolphin Island

ISBN: 0441152201
ISBN 13: 9780441152209
By: Arthur C. Clarke

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Reader's Thoughts


ok, great story but I must admit that I give it 5 starts because my mom used to read this to me when I was a kid and the story sticks with me still. Thanks mom.


I vaguely remember reading this book when I was in 5th or 6th grade and loving it. That does not mean that I would still love it now.


Clarke is always exciting.

Mel Walker

I first read this book as a child, so perhaps there is some nostalgia here, but I still like it even now.Clarke shows us a beautiful underwater world and simultaneously gives us a look at ideas and concepts that are still cutting edge even today, all wrapped up in a coming-of-age adventure.


Grade B.


I read this book aloud to my oldest son and we really enjoyed it. It gave us a lot to talk about.

Mohit Mohan

It seemed quite naive and good for young ready, has lot of mysteries. but i think "the boy who played with dark matter" is a descent read

Mark Cooper

This book really got me into reading adventure novels. Before this I was an Enid Blyton fan, I guess I still am, but this set the stage for me and boys action adventure. I wrote many stories during my school days after 'Dolphin Island' Arthur C Clarke was fantastic with descriptions.I read this book over three times and recently read it again last year. It has survived time and is still a great YA read.I would recommend it to boys from age 9-99.

David Shaw

It didn't occur to me that this is probably a younger-person's read, however I found it still quite enjoyable. In fact, I think this book could be suitable for just about anyone.As long as you are looking for something that truly will provide an escape; bringing you to another part of the world and which also follows an interesting story--you shouldn't be disappointed. It is also a very quick read.It follows the story of a teen named Johnny, who is a runaway, travelling over the Pacific when his "hover"-transport stops over somewhere, and Johnny leaps aboard another vessel by way of curiosity.One thing leads to another and he ends up becoming shipwrecked on the second vessel, later to be rescued at sea, in an interesting turn of events.He is brought to 'Dolphin Island', a fictional place created by Arthur C. Clarke, nonetheless representative of somewhere along the Great Barrier Reef. Here he finds his new home, the longer he stays the more he wants to belong. Integrating into the community, providing a contributing role in certain activities around the island, and learning the island's way of life are some of the details that follow.Without spoiling, the plot thickens a bit when unforeseen events occur, in addition to the developments of long-term experiments conducted by Dr. Kazan - the leading scientist of the island.Personally, reading this book during the summertime couldn't have been more conducive; it's probably the only season you should read this.For a small book, I found it contained a lot of insight and wisdom into everyday life. True references to history within the novel provide the character(s) with a sense of understanding of troubling situations and coping with the unknown. Even for the main character, Johnny, there was a lot to deal with making life choices, coming to term's with one's situation, and finding the right niche for oneself. Things that almost any person can relate to when you get right down to it.Without mention to the sci-fi aspect about it (which is not abundant), the novel is still fascinating and enjoyable. Everything within this novel that would come across as questionable--namely the condition of the dolphins, the re-telling of the Mary Watson legend, the descriptions of the sea ecology and the futuristic transports--are all based on hard fact, or reasonable beliefs. Arthur C. Clarke makes a direct admission of this on an 'Author's notes' at the end of the book. This only heightens the effect of the whole story and its elements.I hope I did not spoil anything. I tried to be detailed enough with my review, yet vague enough to not give away anything about the story.Enjoy!!

Jay Adams

As a 55 yr old, I thoroughly enjoyed this young adult book!


One of the most influential books of my young life, and probably the only science fiction I've ever enjoyed. Based on the work of John Lilly in communicating with dolphins, this is a great book for adolescents but also gives you the chance to learn about dolphins, an astonishing animal with an enormous brain — and heart. This book made me want to be a marine biologist.

Karen Alaniz

I love Arthur C. Clarke and read science fiction a lot as a teenager. It was fun to read a book decades after it was written and see what predictions have come true and what has not. The book is a coming of age story for an orphan boy. It is well done and the descriptions of the reef are awesome. An easy read and just a fun reminder of my science fiction days.


Probably not his best work, though his descriptions of the Australian barrier reef are incredible. Like it okay.


Un cargo merci si ferma in panne, durante la notte, e il quindicenne Johnny sale a bordo di nascosto solo per curiosare un po’, ma all’improvviso la nave riparte e Johnny viene portato via lontano da casa sua verso l’ignoto. Salvato da un branco di delfini quando il cargo si inabissa improvvisamente in mezzo all’oceano, Johnny viene accolto da una comunità scientifica che studia il Popolo del Mare, i delfini, su una paradisiaca isola della Grande Barriera Corallina Australiana. E lì comincia la sua nuova vita.E’ un racconto fantascientifico che si rivolge preferibilmente ad un pubblico adolescenziale, sia per lo stile semplice che per il tema trattato. L’unico spunto un po’ adulto è rappresentato dall’importanza del condizionamento psichico che l’uomo vuole imporre sugli animali a suo esclusivo beneficio, ma non viene approfondito e rischia quindi di non essere notato.Forse letto ora può sembrare solo una semplice favola, ma bisogna considerare che è stato scritto nel 1963 quando certi spunti potevano sembrare fantascientifici mentre oggi possono solo far sorridere.


When I was in high school my passion was dolphins. This book fueled that and a love of all things in or to do with the oceans. This is a great adventure read and I recommend it for all ages.

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