the black pearl by scott odell illustrated by milton johnson
the black pearl by scott odell illustrated by milton johnson
the black pearl by scott odell illustrated by milton johnson
the black pearl by scott odell illustrated by milton johnson
the black pearl by scott odell illustrated by milton johnson
the black pearl by scott odell illustrated by milton johnson

The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell ; Illustrated by Milton Johnson

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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 1967. First edition, first printing. Stated. Hardcover. 140 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. Price-clipped dust jacket with minimal wear to jacket. Black cover board with silver title on front and spine. Foxing to verso of dust jacket. Light foxing to pages outer edges. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.

The Black Pearl
Illustrated by Milton Johnson

Ramon Salazar grew up knowing many things. Some were true facts, like the fact that one day he would become a partner with his father, pearling the waters of Baja California. Some, perhaps, were not facts, like the stories his mother told him about the Manta Diablo. This monster of the sea had the shape of a kite, but was as large as the largest ship in the harbor of La Paz, with seven rows of teeth in his mouth, Ramon's mother said. Other mothers and fathers and grandfathers in the village described the Manta Diablo differently, but all agreed that the Manta was there in the Vermilion Sea and he was the most dangerous creature in it.

This dramatic story takes place when Ramon is sixteen, when he learns about pearling and about the Manta Diablo. For Ramon's dream of diving for pearls himself, as well as weighing them in the counting-house leads him to find the great pearl — the magnificent, dusky Pearl of Heaven.

But his discovery also gains for Ramon two enemies; the Manta whose pearl it truly is and the Sevillano, the finest diver in his father's fleet. And as the moving events unfold, Ramon learns that possession of the giant pearl profoundly reshapes his life.

This beautifully written book has the quality of Ramon's pearl. Like the author's ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS and THE KING'S FIFTH, its somber style and haunting, deeply felt overtones, give it a strength, a simplicity uniquely its own. The magnificent climax and underlying meaning of THE BLACK PEARL will be long remembered by of readers of all ages.

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