My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.
Sections of the book definitely grew in my memory over time. And I had completely forgotten about the Black Cave and the tidal wave. The writing is clunkier than I remember it being. There are factual errors (sea otters rarely have twins and when they do one pup is abandoned) and American Indian stereotypes, but the nostalgia factor is strong for me. I read the parts with Rontu over and over again as a kid. Reading his death scene always makes me cry (this time was no exception).
Like A Separate Peace, this is one that I don't know I'd recommend to others but I'll keep my copy around.