Dolphin Island (novel)

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Dolphin Island
First edition (UK)
AuthorArthur C. Clarke
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreScience fiction
PublisherGollancz (UK)
Holt, Rinehart and Winston (US)
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

Dolphin Island: A Story of the People of the Sea is a children's novel by Arthur C. Clarke first published in 1963.


Late one night (in the world of the future), a giant cargo hovership makes an emergency landing somewhere in the middle of the United States and an enterprising teenager named Johnny Clinton stows away on it. A few hours later, the craft crashes into the Pacific Ocean. The crew ("even the ship's cat") is offloaded onto lifeboats, leaving Johnny (who, as a stowaway, was not on the ship's manifest) adrift in the flotsam from the wreckage. His life is saved by the "People of the Sea"—dolphins. A school of these fantastic creatures guides him to an island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Johnny becomes involved with the work of a strange and fascinating research community where a brilliant professor tries to communicate with dolphins. Johnny learns skindiving and survives a typhoon—only to risk his life again, immediately afterwards, to get medical help for the people on the island.

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