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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Greed
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...
Published on December 31, 2001 by Thomas Mullikin

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Black Pearl
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...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Greed, December 31, 2001
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Thomas Mullikin (Mechanicsburg, PA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Black Pearl (Newberry Honor Book) (Paperback)
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
3.0 out of 5 stars The Black Pearl, June 6, 2006
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This review is from: The Black Pearl (Newberry Honor Book) (Paperback)
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Pearl, June 6, 2006
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This review is from: The Black Pearl (Newberry Honor Book) (Paperback)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Pearl, September 3, 2000
This review is from: The Black Pearl (Newberry Honor Book) (Paperback)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOBER REVIEW FOR BLACK PEARL, 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
3.0 out of 5 stars The Black Pearl! eerf yenom!, June 6, 2006
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This review is from: The Black Pearl (Newberry Honor Book) (Paperback)
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book!, March 17, 2000
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This review is from: The Black Pearl (Newberry Honor Book) (Paperback)
The Black Pearl is about 16 year old Ramon wanting to dive when he was young. Finally he is 16, but is father will not let him dive becuase it is too dangerous. Then one day an old man brings Ramon to his beach. This was his first time diving. Then after a few dives Ramon dicides to dive for The Great Pearl of Heaven. When he gets a hold of it bad things start to happen... This book was very exciting because it was the only book like this I have ever read. They have thrilling sea monsters that will attack Ramon later in the story when he take The Great Pearl of Heaven. For these events I rate this book 5 stars. I recammend this book for 11 and older beacuase it is confusing at times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literary Analysis, March 31, 2000
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Heidi Irons (New Jersey,United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Black Pearl (Newberry Honor Book) (Paperback)
In this suspenseful story of a young boy and his pearling adventures, you may notice a few special things about this story. As you read this book, try to compare Rmon's feelings with your own. You may be suprised at the similarities. {The setting and suspense of this book make it an instant classic.} In one chapter of the book O'Dell does a great job describing the setting. In the sentence "At first I thought it must be the barron hills that closed in upon the lagoon and the coppery haze the lay over it, and the beach of black sand and the quiet," You can almost see yourself floating into the lagoon. In another sentence "As soon as you passed the rocks, however, you came to a narrow channel that wound like a snake between the two headlands for a half mile or farther," O'Dell seems to capture the feeling of floating into a channel. His great use of words can turn one sentence into an entire story. As you read this book you might also notice how O'Dells use of words create a great suspense. In the sentence "Then the boat rose on a wave and I made out a silvery shape swimming half out of the water not more than a furlong away," the suspense catches so suddenly that you feel the urge to look behind you. Another sentence,"El Manta Diablo!" is so suspenseful that a chill runs down your back whenever you hear it. Again O'Dells use of words turns just one sentence into an entire story. O'Dells great descriptions of the ocean and the situations in progress make this origonal story into a grat suspenseful tale of a boy and the ocean. So if there is a rainy day with nothing to do...pick up The Black Pearl and enjoy a great suspenseful story that you will never forget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book on the coming of age and dangers of greed, November 4, 1999
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I am a university student from CA, and read this book as part of a Children's Literature course. As a future teacher, I can see the value that this book holds and its influence over the reader. As you can see from the negative comments made by the young readers, O'dell did a fantastic job of making the main character believable and real. So real that they hated the book because of the foolish actions of Ramon! Not only does the author teach the valuable lesson of the dangers of greed, but also the value in listening to the advice of elders and learning to work for yourself (as opposed to living for pleasing a parent, which is part of Ramon's downfall). The setting and environment exposes young readers to an entirely different way of life, which is good for cultural enrichment. By reading some of the negative and ignorant comments, it seems like some of our young readers could use some exposure to the differences that there are in our world's societies and belief systems. This book is a definite recommendation to read, but it is important to point out to children who don't exactly identify with Ramon's stupidity that it may actually be part of the "moral." Just my two cents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE, May 6, 1998
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A Mexican youth turns 16 and yearns to become a pearl fishermen like the men in his family, but the most his father will do is make him a partner in the family pearl business. But then there arrives a sneering braggart who claims to be from Seville, Spain, boasting of his strength and skill as a diver. Young Ramon is torn between his 20th century skepticism and the pervading maritime myths of the local Indians regarding the mantas and squids who guard a secret oyster bed.
His life is forever changed when his dream of finding the Pearl of Heaven is realized--only there are undeamed of consequences for the finder of The Black Pearl. Superstition battles his Catholicism as Ramon struggles to decide if natural disaster is just that or the result of jealous gods dealing out preternatural punishment. This tale moves along swiftly and presents the reader with "the aura of a legend, the intensity of a vison." Who will ultimately possess this prized, sought-after pearl; will the final price be worth the effort of ownership? A tale of physical and spiritual survival which will captivate most readers.
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