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 hd 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 to the counting house, leads him to find the great pearl---the magnificent, dusky Pearl of Heaven. B ut 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. Recommended for ages 12 and up. A Newbery Honor book for 1968.
From the depths of a cave in the Vermilion Sea, Ramon Salazar has wrested a black pearl so lustrous and captivating that his father, an expert pearl dealer, is certain Ramon has found the legendary Pearl of Heaven. Such a treasure is sure to bring great joy to the villagers of their tiny coastal town, and even greater renown to the Salazar name. No diver, not even the swaggering Gaspar Ruiz, has ever found a pearl like this!
But is there a price to pay for a prize so great? When a terrible tragedy strikes the village, old Luzon’s warning about El Diablo returns to haunt Ramon. If El Diablo actually exists, it will take all Ramon’s courage to face the winged creature waiting for him offshore.
Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.
"A gripping story that will hold practically any age enthralled." Horn Book
"A gripping story that will hold practically any age enthralled." Horn Book Guide