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The black pearl
O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dell, 1977.

Physical Description:
96 pages ; 18 cm.
In claiming as his own the magnificent black pearl he finds, a sixteen-year-old youth enrages the sea devil who legend says is its owner.
General Note:
Reprinted by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Co.
Reading Level:
980 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 4.0 104.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.3 7 Quiz: 01315 Guided reading level: X.
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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.

Author Notes

Scott O'Dell was born in Los Angeles, California, on May 23, 1898. He attended Occidental College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stanford University, and University of Rome. He worked as a technical director for Paramount, a cameraman for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and a book editor of a Los Angeles newspaper before serving in the United States Air Force during World War II. The recipient of numerous book awards, he established the Scott O'Dell award for historical fiction in 1981. He died on October 15, 1989.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved