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The Spanish Smile (The Spanish Smile #1)

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Lucinda lived like a princess on her father's private island off the coast of California, Isla del Oro. But she was really a prisoner, shut off from the world, never allowed off the island. Then Christopher Dawson, a young archeologist, came to the island and into her life. And Lucinda began to realize the horrifying truth about the island . . . and about her father.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 12th 1983 by Fawcett (first published October 1st 1982)
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This really is one of the weirder books I've ever read. I would have been completely thrown by the plot, except that I accidentally read the sequel first, not knowing it was a sequel. I had to track this down through inter-library loan.

Some of the characters in this book (and its sequel) are BARKING MAD. It's really just nuts. The atmosphere is pretty creepy, but the entire setup makes it hard to pin it down to a time period. At first I would have said it was Victorian, then they would mention c
I loved this book as a kid, and was creeped out by it. I'm not sure that it would hold up to rereading now––I may have to . In the perspective from which it's seen and the atmosphere of the self-isolated kingdom, I think it's a bit similar to Nancy Farmer's House of the Scorpion––although the plots aren't connected.
I loved this author's book Island of the Blue Dolphins as a kid -- a memorable read with a strong heroine.

This book, which I only just read, also had a strong heroine, but the story is creepy and strange. Can't say much more without giving away the end. Let's just say it's really, really strange.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This book was ok, not one of O'Dell's best, but the first of his books I ever read.
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What's The Name o...: YA Novel: daughter and insane father,[s] 8 34 Jul 14, 2013 05:27PM  
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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