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The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell


Book Summary

Ramon is thrilled to finally be allowed to work alongside his father and the other pearl divers.  Anxious to prove himself, he goes in search of a legendary large pearl, with the help of a native fisherman.  To take it, he must risk the wrath of the manta diablo, who lives in an underwater cave.  Is the manta diablo just a scary story to frighten children?  Or is it a gigantic beast that will take revenge on those who disturb its territory?

Note: This book does not connect to pirates in any way.

The Black Pearl book cover
The Black Pearl

Book Review

This book contains challenging vocabulary and somewhat slow pacing, compared to more modern outdoor adventure books.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Perseverance
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Justice vs. Revenge

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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