The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell
(Newberry Honor Book)

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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.


About Scott O'Dell

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Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.
Published September 9, 1967 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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It was a dream so wild that only a very young man and a stupid one could dream it.

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A 16-year-old boy does battle with an enormous devilfish that guards a rare, black pearl. PW said this 1968 Newbery Honor Book reverberates with proud admiration of the courage of the human spirit.

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Ramon is on a quest for a treasure as legendary as the monster he has been reared to fear: he seeks the mythic Pearl of Heaven, the kind of pearl of which every man in his pearl-diving family/community dreams.

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