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The Black Opal

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Laura Stanwood hardly sets foot on Colbert's campus before her journalistic nose for news puts her on the trail of an historic murder mystery that had baffled professional sleuths since 1848. Her interest was aroused when Toe Sargeant told her about the bitter rivalry that existed between the girls' newspaper, the Feminist, and the boys' paper,the Iconoclast.

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Paperback, 190 pages
Published December 1st 1964 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published 1949)
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Jan 21, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
An obscure book that once belonged to my older sister, but I stole borrowed it long ago and deliberately forgot to return it.

I can't quite put my finger on why I loved this book as a young girl. Certainly author Bird's descriptions of collegiate life in the late 1940's (when this book was written) resembled something my mother would have experienced more then I did at NCSU the 1980's (GO WOLFPACK!!). Nonetheless, there is a charm in the fresh, clean fun of the bright and earnest freshman co-ed
Sep 20, 2011 Suellen rated it it was amazing
Received this edition of The Black Opal for Christmas when I was eight, and have loved it and re-read it ever since. One thing that impressed me at the time, and still does, was that it isn't "girly" or adolescent. Laurel is treated by the author as an intelligent young adult, not a kid in college--this was originally published in 1948, I think, and in those days people out of high school were regarded as grown-ups.

Most of all I loved it because it gave me a picture of what college would be lik
I can’t find much about Dorothy Maywood Bird online, but all three of her books that I’ve read I have really loved. All of them have taken place in Michigan and this one and Granite Harbor are my favorites (though Mystery at Laughing Water is also fun). I wonder if she wrote more books? If so, I’d love to find out about them and read them. Some may say her books are very dated, but I kind of accept them as period pieces and since I love that type of thing they are really enjoyable to me.

Apr 22, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
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Read this several times as a young girl and loved it.
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She started writing in her later years, and her books—of which Granite Harbor was one title—are reminiscences of her growing up years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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