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The Black Pearl (Newberry Honor Book) Paperback – February 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440411467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440411468
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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." Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"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
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More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

If you like this book I recommend "The Cay".
E. WATERS
When his characters die you don't really feel bothered by it, because it's almost like they were emotionally dead anyway - like he didn't bring them to life.
Daniel Mackler
So far my son is loving this book-- 11 year old-- on Summer Reading list for kids entering 6th grade.
Pamela P.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Mullikin on December 31, 2001
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On the surface this is a story set in Baja, Mexico, about a pearl diving family. The reader learns much about this industry and the religion and superstition so prevelant among the natives there. However, the greed that overcomes many of the characters and the consequences of their greed, can happen anywhere. Those who lust for fortune often pay the price. In The Black Pearl the reader must decide whether the Manta Diablo is real, or a superstition. A must-read for grades 4 through 8 (although many adults will appreciate and enjoy this story).
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 6, 2006
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The book The Black Pearl has a very interesting story. This book takes place in La Paz, Baja California. In this book, Ramon wants to prove to his father, Blas Salazar, that he is just as good as Sevillano, Ramon's worst enemy and Ramon's father's best pearl diver, at pearl diving. Manta Diablo, the monster of the deep, guards "The Pearl of the Heavens," the ocean's biggest pearl, that Ramon wants to dive for. Ramon got "The Pearl of the Heavens" and brought back home. When Ramon tells his father about the pearl, his father gives it to the church. Luzum, an old Indian tells Ramon that he should give it back to the Manta Diablo because the monster will come after him. I recommend this book to both girls and boys who are at the age of thirteen and under because I don't think people over the age of thirteen would be interested in this book. I don't think that people over the age of thirteen would like the book because I don't it's exciting enough. Overall I thought this was a good book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 6, 2006
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In The Black Pearl, Ramon a sixteen year old boy living in La Paz, where everyone believes in the Manta Diablo. He wants to be a pearl diver like his father. The Manta Diablo is said to be bigger than any ship they had, he had eyes shaped like a moon and seven of them. He also had seven rows of teeth that were as sharp as knifes. Old men would tell stories about him around fires and mothers would threaten their children that they would talk to him if they were naughty. When Ramon turns sixteen he starts to work with his father in the pearl business. At first he works behind a desk weighing pearls, but more than anything he wants to dive with pearls. His father won't teach him so he gets his friend Luzon to teach him how to dive. While he is diving he finds the Pearl of the Heaven. Luzon tells him to through the pearl back because it belongs to the Manta Diablo but he doesn't want to throw it back. He has to think for himself about what he wants to do. I thought the book was good. It had a slow start and didn't have very much action. Even so I like the story just not how it was written. I think that boys and girls under the age of twelve will like this book the best. I think that they would understand the story, how it is written and some of them would like it
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Evangelista on September 3, 2000
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At 16, Ramon was finally allowed to go with his father and dive for pearls. The only thing is that he has to stay aboard the ship, for pearl diving is much too dangerous. Shortly after he properly learns how to dive, Ramon finds the great Pearl of Heaven in the Manta Diablo's cave. The same Manta Diablo that he had heard frightening stories of as a small child. But Ramon's joyous occasion is cut short when bad things begin to happen... I enjoyed this book very much. It keeps the reader in suspense for most of the story, so the only way for you to find out what happens next is for you to read the book. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 6, 2006
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SY-My book is The Black Pearl By Scot O' Dell. It is about a boy named Ramon who becomes a pearl salesman in his fathers business. The boy finds a huge pearl in the lagoon of the monster Manta Diablo. Worth so much money that the four huge pearl salesmen in their town cannot pay for it. The pearl seems great but soon causes many misfortunes. The story is set in a town called La Paz somewhere in Baja California. I am guessing that it is in the eighteen hundreds because there are no cars and all the boats are either canoes, or sail boats. The main characters are the boy named Ramon, who is sixteen years old and works in his fathers pearl business called Salazar and Son. An Indian named Luzon, who teaches Ramon how to dive for pearls, but was against Ramon diving in the lagoon of the Manta Diablo because Luzon fears the creature. The last main character is a man who is called The Sevillano. The Sevillano is a very strong man who claims he has done incredible things all across the world and is not very good friends with Ramon. I would recommend this book. It was sort of slow at the beginning, but then it got really interesting. I would recommend it to boys and girls at the age of twelve because even though it wasn't very long, it was kind of complicated. Anyone who enjoys mysteries would probably like this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 6, 2006
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I read the book The Black Pearl by Scott O' Dell. It is about a boy named Ramon, whose father is a famous pearl dealer in La Paz. At sixteen, Ramon is accepted into his father's business. He is taught everything his father knows. In a few days, Ramon goes on his first pearl gathering trip with the famous pearl gatherer, Gaspar Ruiz. After this trip, they return home. Ramon then sneaks away in Luzon's canoe, out and finds the famous Black Pearl, The Pearl of Heaven, hidden in the Manta Diablo's cave. Ramon then goes through many hardships, and starts to believe that him taking the pearl is what caused it all, but does not know how to fix it. Ramon is a young and good character. Ramon's father is a generous man. Ramon's mother and sistsers are not often used in the story. Gaspar Ruiz is a brave man and an excellent pearler, but an extreme braggart. Luzon is an Indian who believes in The Manta Diablo, who is a famous manta. The book is set in La Paz, Baja California. This is a fairly good book, seeming to be meant for people of the older kind.
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