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The Black Pearl

Press: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (October 1977)
Publication Date:1977-10
ISBN:9780881038811
Author Name:O'Dell, Scott
Pages:96
Language:English

Content

From the depths of a cave in the Vermilion Sea, Ramon Salazar has wrested a black pearl so lustrous and captivating that his father, an expert pearl dealer, is certain Ramon has found the legendary Pearl of Heaven. 
Such a treasure is sure to bring great joy to the villagers of their tiny coastal town, and even greater renown to the Salazar name.
No diver, not even the swaggering Gaspar Ruiz, has ever found a pearl like this!But is there a price to pay for a prize so great? When a terrible tragedy strikes the village, old Luzon’s warning about El Diablo returns to haunt Ramon.
If El Diablo actually exists, it will take all Ramon’s courage to face the winged creature waiting for him offshore.

Review

"A gripping story that will hold practically any age enthralled." Horn Book"A gripping story that will hold practically any age enthralled." Horn Book Guide

From the Publisher

Old Salazar held the pearl to the light and turned it around and  around. 
He gave it to his son, who had found the pearl in the underwater cave of the lagoon."You have in your hand the Pearl of the Universe, the Paragon of Pearls, the Great Pearl of Heaven!" he said.When the pearl merchants wouldn't meet his price, Blas Salazar presented the fabulous gem to the Madonna of the church of La Paz.
"The House of Salazar shall be favored in heaven, now and forever," he proudly proclaimed and firmly believed.But there were others who believed a curse had surely been brought down upon Salazar and Son and their fleet, for the Manat Diablo, monster devilfish, would reclaim his treasure.And it was young Ramon who would have to undo the evil he had begun.

From the Inside Flap

Old Salazar held the pearl to the light and tumed it around and around. 
He gave it to his son, who had found the pearl in the underwater cave of the lagoon."You have in your hand the Pearl of the Universe, the Paragon of Pearls, the Great Pearl of Heaven!" he said.When the pearl merchants wouldn't meet his price, Blas Salazar presented the fabulous gem to the Madonna of the church of La Paz.
"The House of Salazar shall be favored in heaven, now and forever," he proudly proclaimed and firmly believed.But there were others who believed a curse had surely been brought down upon Salazar and Son and their fleet, for the Manat Diablo, monster devilfish, would reclaim his treasure.And it was young Ramon who would have to undo the evil he had begun.

About the Author

Scott O'Dell was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 23, 1898. 
He attended Occidental College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University, and University of Rome.
He worked as a technical director for Paramount, a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and a book editor of a Los Angeles newspaper before serving in the United States Air Force during World War II.
The recipient of numerous book awards, he established the Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction in 1981.
He died on October 15, 1989.

Tags

Children's Books,Animals,Marine Life,Teens,Historical Fiction,Literature & Fiction,Action & Adventure

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Comment List (Total:15)

  •     granddaughter was so excited to get this book for Christmas. She has been asking for this book for over a year. She loves Scott O'Dell's writings

  •     Very good

  •     It gets boring at points but when you get into it. It is a ok book. I recommend it to people who like description.

  •     Thanks!

  •     Classic

  •     Grandkids loved it!

  •     Review Written by MacGyver, age 12Ramon Salazar comes from a pearling family and hopes to one day be a great pearl dealer like his father.

  •     really recommend buying this one if you need it. came in great conditions & new!

  •     Great book for boys who love the ocean. My son loved it!

  •     A little short but very fast moving. I would like a longer battle. Overall a great book for children 12 and under.

  •     great book for bedtime reading to an 8 and a 10 year old.

  •     I am 9 years old and my dad recommended this book because he had read it and I think it's a great book for kids and adults alike . I think this book would have been better if it was longer .

  •     my daughter loved this book.

  •     Our Son loved as we did when we read a kids!

  •     Just we thought

 

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