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Review of The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell

The Black Pearl The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Black Pearl is a well-written coming of age story, even a bit of a page turner. The book grabbed my attention quickly and then held it by steadily tightening the stakes. Yet somehow I finished the book with a shrug. As with O’Dell’s Sing Down the Moon, there’s no pathos to the prose. You’re incredibly close to the protagonist, but you’re never really in his head. I did my best to fill in the blanks, especially after tragedy struck (as it always does in his books). Just think of this as an emotional DIY project while enjoying the story itself, which I found quite compelling.

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