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The Black Pearl

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  3,570 ratings  ·  216 reviews
Ramon cannot believe what he has just found in an oyster he’s brought up from an underwater cave where the Manta Diablo, the monster devilfish, lurks. Ramon is holding a pearl. Not just any pearl, but the most fabulous gem he or anyone else has ever seen. But neither Ramon nor his father can foresee the trouble that such a pearl can bring.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 15th 1977 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 9th 1967)
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karen
this is the kind of book you dont even need a bookmark for, because it isnt going to take you more than one sitting to finish. i read it because i need to read 3 newbery or honor books i havent read before for class (why am i so honest??) and i love island of the blue dolphins more than most books, but have never read anything else by scott o'dell. i dont know how kiddies respond to it, but for me it was too brief to really grab me. the descriptions are still great, and its a fine story, but as ...more
Femy
i had to re-write a book report for this book in the 8th grade cuz the teacher new i didn't really read it after i first handed in the report. ha. turned out it wasn't that bad
PATRICK
The book is short, yes, but it's the perfect length for this. If it had been longer, this book would have been boring and may feel like forced. If it had been shorter, it would seem incomplete.
This is my second Scott O'Dell and you could see the similarities of the settings of this book and Island of the Blue Dolphins and probably his other novels, which I'd read if I got the chance. It's a two and a half hour read and it's cute. The thing I would change about it is the font or the book format
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Dani
This was probably a better book than I remember, but all I know is that when I got in trouble in 6th grade, my mom grounded me from reading "It" by Stephen King, and made me read this instead... So naturally, I'm bitter...
Divya
Synopsis:
This YA book is a coming-of-age tale of Ramon Salazar, the sixteen-year old son of a pearl dealer in Baja, California-Mexico.
Ramon discovers the 'Pearl of Heaven' - a huge, magnificent, black pearl - and the town is in awe and celebration. Except for two men.
The first is Soto Luzon, an old fisherman who believes that the pearl belongs to the Manta Diablo, the lord and monster of the seas - who will wreck havoc till the pearl is returned.
And the second is the unscrupulous Gaspar Ruiz -
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Jim
The Black Pearl, by author Scott O'Dell, is a young readers novel about a young man living in a small fishing village near the Gulf of California who becomes obsessed with finding the world's greatest pearl.

Ramon Salazar works for his father at the family's pearl dealing business. He dreams of someday inheriting the business but knows he must first prove himself to his father in order to do so. On one of his father's diving trips a fellow diver, nicknamed the 'Sevillano', begins to run smack at
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Karenc5
WARNIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! i might give to much info about this book was
really boring for me , a part of mexico called La Paz where a young boy name Ramon lives.
His father works under the water, his not a submarine, but he finds pearls under the sea.
beautiful pearls which he sells to the people. Ramon whishes that one day he would be just like his father . Ramon's dad could tell if a pearl was good enough to be sell by raising it up to the sun and weighting it. but first he needed to learn how to op
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carolyn
I have always been a fan of Scott O'Dell. His stories are fit for both the young and old and written in a way that both can enjoy. "The Black Pearl" is about a young boy Ramon who becomes partners with his father. They would voyage out to sea and dive for pearls, in hopes of one day finding the heavenly pearl of all others, but many were fearful of bringing forth the monster Manta Diablo, for the stories they have heard were those of mishappenings, curses and death. Ramon dived into the mouth of ...more
Jessica
When Ramon finds the perfect black pearl, he has no idea what he is about to get into. The black pearl supposedly belongs to the Manta Diablo, a giant manta ray who is apparently the legendary king of the seas. Ramon does not believe that such a creature even exists when he finds the pearl, but when crazy things begin to happen, Ramon begins to believe that maybe the manta diablo does exist after all...

This was a Newberry Honor book, but I personally do not see why it was awarded as such. The wr
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Cambria Speed
I thought the "Black Pearl"was pretty good in some parts,but sad in others.Like it was sad when the "fleet"died in a storm.But also cool when Ròmon found the Pearl of Heaven and when he learned how to go pearling.The characters in this story are Ròmon,his father Mr.Salzar,his mother Mrs.Salzar,Father Galldor and the Sellviano.In the beginning of this story,Ròmons mother is gone and he is just with his dad when he asks "when can I go pearling"?And his father says "when you are sixteen,Son".And th ...more
Sarah
When forced to read this book in 5th grade class with Ms. Seagull (I really have no recollection of how to really spell her name...), I HATED it. I wanted to throw it across the room everytime we had to take it out of our pile of books and read aloud. When forced to read it again in 8th grade, my teacher didn't believe me that I'd already read it, and I had to prove it. I've since read it a third time, and did actually understand why it's considered an honorable book; however, the original damag ...more
C.S. Houghton
The Black Pearl is a well-written coming of age story, even a bit of a page turner. The book grabbed my attention quickly and then held it by steadily tightening the stakes. Yet somehow I finished the book with a shrug. As with O'Dell's Sing Down the Moon, there's no pathos to the prose. You're incredibly close to the protagonist, but you're never really in his head. I did my best to fill in the blanks, especially after tragedy struck (as it always does in his books). Just think of this as an em ...more
Zyan Prestridge

I read the book The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell. This was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I thought this book was very clear and had many morales and values that the author wanted to get through to the reader. The author also did a very good job of describing the scenery and the characters.
In this book a common moral that the author expresses on several different occasions that bringing wealth into your life can be a very bad idea. In the book when Ramon obtains the great pearl
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Joseph Law
This is a coming of age story set in Mexico's Baja peninsula. It is a story of the sea, treasure, love, faith, work, family ties, and above all greed.
Ramon Salazar, is 16, the son of Blas Salazar, a pearl diver and trader. Ramon has just reached the age of manhood in his culture and his father has accepted him as a partner in his business.
But he has dreams of his own, and with the help of a much older Indian, he learns to dive himself and discovers a magnificent, large black pearl. But he also i
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Faith
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Colleen Houck
This was one of the first adventure books I ever read and I think a lot of the underwater elements lent inspiration for Tiger's Voyage.
Aidan
It was kinda boring at first.The only reason I kept reading was because I was being paid to but I'm glad I kept reading!
Kerry Johnson
I read this with my eight and ten-year old sons over a period of a week. Both enjoyed the story of Ramon Salazar and his quest for the Pearl of Heaven. The story was a bit slow at times, but mostly kept their attention (and mine).

The end is exciting and kind of sad (the boys wanted to know what happened to the Manta Diablo, though the story never explained), and we learned a lot about pearling.

Overall, The Black Pearl was a refreshingly short, sure take on coming to manhood when forced by circ
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Roger
I know that I read this book like, last year, but it was a GREAT book. The book encapusulates so many themes and lessons, it's nearly impossible for me to delve into the detail this book deserves, so I'll try to cover as many as I can.

1) First off, the thing you need to understand is that this book takes place in another country. The people are very superstitious and a village legend, Manta Diablo, lives in the waters nearby the village. As a matter of fact, it inhabits a cave underwater and gua
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Laura
I once read a story about a black pearl. It was a Boxcar Children mystery and the magnificence of black pearls plus the aura of exotic adventure intrigued me entirely. So, when I found The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell, I was excited. No really. Jumping-up-and-down level excited.

The Story.

For all of his years Ramon Salazar has wished to accompany his father on the great pearl harvests. But always his father said he was too young, that when he was sixteen and no longer a scrawny child he could go.
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Zarakoda
Ramón Salazar is sixteen and learning from his father how to conduct their business selling pearls. However, Ramón dreams of diving into the waters himself to obtain the largest pearl ever seen by mankind. He seizes the opportunity to do so in a lagoon and discovers the Pearl of Heaven, a great black pearl that is owned by the Manta Diablo. The Manta Diablo seeks to take back his possession and wreak havoc on Ramón's family. Ramón finds himself in a dangerous position in which he must decide wha ...more
Wayne S.
It is around the turn of the twentieth century, and sixteen-year-old Ramon Salazar lives in the town of La Paz on the Baja California coast of Mexico, with his father Blas, the owner of a lucrative pearl fishing business, mother, and two sisters. Blas Salazar had promised his son that when he turned sixteen he would make Ramon a partner in his business, allow him to sail with the fleet, and teach him how to dive for pearls. However, following his birthday Ramon gets to go only once, staying on t ...more
Laura
Genre-Junior Books-Science Fiction
This story is about a young boy,Ramon, that finds a black pearl and awakens a monster, Manta Diablo. Having no luck selling it, and a tragedy of four men drowning with one being the "enemy" of the town, he retuned the black pearl back to church.
A. Area of comment- illustrations
B. I feel the lack of illustrations is appropriate for this stype of story. This is a great story for no illustrations because it gives the reader a sense of imagination. The descriptive
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Gale
GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE!

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.
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Brenda
A boy growing up in Baja California dreams of finding the Pearl of Heaven.

I read this book at the suggestion of my wonderful nephew Josh. The story follows a young man, heir to his family's pearl business, as he learns the ways of pearling and the world. He dreams of gaining some prestige in the eyes of his village and a sinister braggart, the Sevillano, who works for his father and is the best diver in the fleet. His dreams are realized through the discovery of a giagantic, perfect pearl. This
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Joseph
it is about a boy of fifteen that finds a large black pearl by diving into a sea. located at La Paz, Calafornia, a legendary Manta Diablo resides there. the pearl is placed with a holy figure in a church known as the Madonna. anything " stolen" from th Manta Diablo is cursed and that is what Ramon, the main character believes. it is when a ship of thirty die out in a storm that the town beleives is the MANTA DIABLO's doing. so, Ramon takes the pearl back and plans to give it back to the manta di ...more
Anthony Giancola
Lets call it 2.5 stars. I enjoyed the overall premise and it had its moments of "yeah I liked that" but I felt some of the themes and possibilities were overlooked.
For one, Ramon's wrists. It is mentioned early how his father is embarrassed by his small wrists. It is mentioned it is thought about and it is never brought up again. I just feel the author could have done something more with it.
Second, The Sevillano. I enjoyed his character and wished we could have had more story with him. Also, I
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Chelsea Ombadykow
The Black Pearl or "Pearl of Heaven" is found in the cave of the Manta Diablo in the lagoon where the indian,
Soto Luzon lives. The person who finds this particular pearl is Ramon Salazar, son of Blas Salazar the owner of
a pearl dealing shop. You will meet a few other people like the Sevillano. Ramon finds a clam that Soto called "The Grandfather of Oysters". Ramon opens the clam and finds three smaller pearls and the Pearl of Heaven. Read this book to answer this question: Will the Manta
come aft
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Olivia R-g
This book was a really fun book to read because it always had something interesting happening. You should read this book if you like historical fiction because it takes place in an "old" type of setting. I really enjoyed reading this book because I read it in spanish and it really helped me to learn new vocabulary. You should definitely read this book because it is a very good book.
Averill
I though that it was an average book because it doesn't really pull the reader in to read and find out more. Some parts of the story doesn't really make sense, and it was very annoying how a young man called Sevillano insults the Salazar family, but they need to act normal because he can do the work of three men, so he's very capable. Overall the book was pretty normal and ok.
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Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books. He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards. Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (19 ...more
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