Clarke, Arthur C.
I think this is the nicest edition this book has ever had - the Lehr cover captures the mood nicely.
Berkley Medalion (Z3131) 10th printing 1973? paperback (hardcover was 1963.) Cover by Paul Lehr, 142 pages,$1.25 cover price. Condition is Fine (-): very tight and square with flat spine; age tanning is very mild and uniform (quite nice for its vintage); slight waviness of cover near spine (glue shrinkage with age?) No stamps, marks or writing - this looks unread.
Dolphin Island, by Arthur C. Clarke. Serialized in Worlds of Tomorrow April and June 1963 as "The People of the Sea." 16 year-old John Clinton stows away one night on a cargo hovercraft - which crashes in the Pacific only a few hours later. Johnny's life is saved by "People of the Sea" - dolphins. A school of these friendly and fascinating creatures guides him to an island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. There he becomes involved with the work of a most unusual research lab, learns skin-diving, and survives a typhoon - only to risk his life afterwards, seeking medical help for one of his scientist friends. Given Clarke's experience of skin-diving and knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef (he has written nonfiction about each), I think this is a case of "write what you know." He is able to bring realistic detail and enthusiam for the sea to this work.