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AUTHORS HAVE BEEN BASING FICTIONAL ACCOUNTS ON AND AROUND THE CALIFORNIA CHANNEL ISLANDS SINCE 1902. THE STORIES ARE LISTED CHRONOLOGICALLY AND SPAN MORE THAN A CENTURY:


CHANNEL ISLANDS FICTION
1902 ATHERTON, Gertrude (1857-1948) ISLE OF SKULLS in THE SPLENDID IDLE FORTIES. New York: MacMillan and Company
1902 HOLDER, Charles Frederick (1851-1915) THE ADVENTURES OF TORQUA Being the life and remarkable adventures of three boys, refugees on the Island of Santa Catalina in the 18th century. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t4pk07w2g Boston: Little Brown. 282 pages.
1911 HERBERT, Victor (1859-1924) NATOMA An Operetta in Three Acts, one of which is on Santa Cruz Island.
1921 HERR, Charlotte Bronte (1875-1963) THEIR MARIPOSA LEGEND A ROMANCE OF SANTA CATALINA ISLAND Pasadena: Post Printing and Binding. 106 pages.
1925 & 1926 GIBBS, Robert A. THE PAGE CADETS AT CATALINA (Two volumes: Western Tales & Sea Stories.) The author was Headmaster of Page Military Acedemy. These volumes contain stories told to the youthful cadets while in camp on Santa Catalina Island. Los Angeles: Page Military Academy. 284 & 304 pages.
1939 RIGSBY, Howard Vechel (1909-1975) VOYAGE TO LEANDRO An adventure novel which takes place on the mythical California Channel Island of Leandro. The voyage begins in San Francisco Harbor, and proceeds around several of the southern California islands. New York: Harper & Brothers. 242 pages.
1939 CLASON, Clyde B. (1903-1987) MURDER GONE MINOAN A murder mystery novel set on an island kingdom off the coast of California. A mild little detective, Professor Theocritus Lucius Westborough, solves the crime. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co. 304 pages.
1940 PARSONS, Ruth & Verne VALCOUR FIESTA An adventure mystery and romance set in early Santa Barbara with scenes set also on Santa Cruz Island. Los Angeles: Odyssey Book House. 606 pages.
1958 CAIRE, Helen (1905-2002) SENOR CASTILLO: COCK OF SANTA CRUZ ISLAND Fictional story about an island rooster and his adventures on Santa Cruz Island. The author was the granddaughter of island owner, Justinain Caire. She spent time as a child on the island. New York: Rinehart and Company. 75 pages.
1958 MARBLE, Dana (1914-1975) SAIL INTO SILENCE A Mystery House fictional drama which takes place aboard a 38 foot yawl anchored at Smugglers Cove, Santa Cruz Island. New York: Mystery House. 221 pages.
1958 TOMPKINS, Walker Allison (1909-1988) DX BRINGS DANGER A ham radio novel based on San Miguel Island. Philadelphia: Macrae.
1960 O’DELL, Scott (1898-1989) ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS It is based on the true story of Juana Maria, a Native American left alone for 18 years on San Nicolas Island in the 19th century. The 50th Anniversary edition includes a new introduction by Newbery Medalist Lois Lowry and also includes extracts from Father Gonzales Rubio in the Santa Barbara Mission's Book of Burials. Island of the Blue Dolphins won the Newbery Medal in 1961. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 1964. O'Dell later wrote a sequel, ZIA, published in 1976. New York: Houghton Mifflin. 182 pages.
1982 O’DELL, Scott (1898-1989) The Spanish Smile A novel takes place on Isla de Oro off the coast of California. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 182 pages.
1992 THORNTON, Lawrence (b. 1937) GHOST WOMAN A novel loosely based on the Chumash Indians and the story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island. New York: Tichnor & Fields. 302 pages.
1995 HUDSON, Gary A KILLING ON CATALINA Illustrated with photographs and a map of Avalon Harbor. USA: Belle Publishing. 224 pages. Wrappers.
1995 WILLIAM, Kate A KILLER ON BOARD Sweet Valley High. Juvenile novel set off Santa Catalina Island. New York: Bantam Books. 227 pages. Wrappers.
1996 BRAY, Marian F. LOST ON CATALINA ISLAND Juvenile story set on Santa Catalina Island. The author lives in Santa Ana, California and was director of the Christian Writer Fellowship. Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House. 125 pages, Wrappers.
1996 GIBBS, Tony SHOT IN THE DARK The first Harbormaster Mystery Novel. Set at Santa Barbara Harbor. Harbormaster Neal Donahoe works with Coast Guard Lieut. Tory Lennox on a drug bust. A DEA boat is sunk off San Pedro Point, Santa Cruz Island. New York: The Mysterious Press. 328 pages.
1997 GIBBS, Tony FADE TO BLACK The second Harbormaster Mystery Novel. Set at Santa Barbara Harbor. Includes action at San Miguel Island. New York: The Mysterious Press. 245 pages.
1997 SESSIONS, Richard ISLAND WOMAN Abby Spence time travels to to the Channel Islands in an adventure in history and time. Oregon: Arch Grove Press. 287 pages. Wrappers.
1998 WOODS, Stuart SWIMMING TO CATALINA A novel about the kidnapping of Arriana Harrington, wife of Hollywood star, Vance Calder. Calder hires New York detective Stone Barrington to find her. She is kept aboard Contessa, anchored off Santa Catalina Island. New York: Harper Collins.
1999 LANDAUER, Lyndall RIDE THE SCORPION In 1939 with the world on the brink of war, Christy Ogden receives an invitation from a college chum to go on a sailing vacation off the coast of California (Santa Cruz Island). She learns to sail, is involved in adventure, excitement and danger and meets someone who changes her life forever. XLibris (self-publishing).
2003 HOFFMAN, Margaret DEAD IN THE WATER Inside the labyrinth of a very real cave on Santa Cruz Island, reality melts into suspense and murder. North Carolina: Coastal Plains Publishing.
2004 BARRE, Richard (b. 1948) BURNING MOON The 5th Wil Hardesty novel. Off San Miguel Island a fishing boat struggles in the battering-ram seas and binding rain of a sudden squall. Santa Barbara: Capra Press.
2007 COLT, Jennifer THE CON ARTIST OF CATALINA ISLAND A McAffee Twins Christmas Novel. Santa Monica: Tessera Books.
2011 BOYLE, T. C. (b. 1948) WHEN THE KILLING'S DONE Environmental drama set on Santa Cruz Island. New York: Bloomsbury.
2012 BOYLE, T. C. (b. 1948) SAN MIGUEL Fictionalized accounts of the lives of the Waters and Lester families on San Miguel Island. New York: Bloomsbury. 367 pages.