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O'Dell, Scott
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 1979.
IL 5-8 RL 8.3
ISBN 0395278112
A slow start as seminarian gets on a ship to sail to his patron's newly acquired new world island. The seminarian is weak, sees evil, is disgusted with greed and violence, vacillates at mutiny time. When he arrives at one island, he witnesses the hard lot of islander mining a gold vein. Shipwrecked, he and his horse survive and are befriended by a young girl. She has designs on him but a dwarf from Seville has a plan. He prepares Escobar for the role of the god Kukulcan. After a pageant entry with hundreds of wrenched hearts fleeing in worship, Kukulcan emerges, leaving Escobar's spirit and Christianity conquered.
SUBJECTS:     Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540 -- Fiction
                        Mayas -- Fiction
    `                   Indians of Mexico -- Fiction


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