Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
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The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction is an annual American children's book award that recognizes historical fiction. It was established in 1982 by Scott O'Dell, author of Island of the Blue Dolphins and 25 other children's books, in hopes of increasing young readers' interest in the history that shaped their nation and their world. Eligibility for the award requires that a book be written in English for children or young adults, published by an American publisher, and the author must be a United States citizen. The award is recognized in the United States by publishers of children's literature and young adult literature, the American Library Association, and the Assembly for Literature of Adolescents.
The annual selection from qualifying books is made by the O'Dell Committee. Zena Sutherland — who was Professor Emeritus of Children's Literature at the University of Chicago — headed the committee from its formation in 1982 until her death in 2002. The committee currently consists of three people: Chairperson Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief of The Horn Book Magazine; Ann Carlson, Librarian at Oak Park and River Forest High School; and Deborah Stevenson, Editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
No award was given in 1982 and 1983, as the committee felt that "no books of sufficient merit had been published". Elizabeth George Speare was the first recipient, receiving the award for her book, The Sign of the Beaver, a tale of wilderness survival. The award has been presented every year since 1984. O'Dell himself won the award in 1987 for Streams to the River, River to the Sea, his fictional retelling of the story of Sacagawea. Louise Erdrich has won the award twice, in 2006 and in 2013.
|2016||Laura Amy Schlitz||The Hired Girl||Candlewick Press|
|2014||Kirkpatrick Hill||Bo at Ballard Creek||Henry Holt and Co.|
|2012||Jack Gantos||Dead End in Norvelt||Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)|
|2011||Rita Williams-Garcia||One Crazy Summer||Amistad|
|2010||Matt Phelan||The Storm in the Barn||Candlewick|
|2009||Laurie Halse Anderson||Chains||Simon & Schuster|
|2008||Christopher Paul Curtis||Elijah of Buxton||Scholastic Press|
|2007||Ellen Klages||The Green Glass Sea||Viking Children's Books|
|2006||Louise Erdrich||The Game of Silence||Harper Collins Children's Books|
|2005||A LaFaye||Worth||Simon & Schuster|
|2004||Richard Peck||The River Between Us||Dial Press|
|2003||Shelley Pearsall||Trouble Don't Last||Alfred A Knopf|
|2002||Mildred D. Taylor||The Land||Phyllis Fogelman Books|
|2001||Janet Taylor Lisle||The Art of Keeping Cool||A Richard Jackson Book/Atheneum|
|2000||Miriam Bat-Ami||Two Suns in the Sky||Front Street/Cricket Books|
|1999||Harriette Robinet||Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule||Jean Fritz/Atheneum|
|1998||Karen Hesse||Out of the Dust||Scholastic|
|1997||Katherine Paterson||Jip, His Story||Dutton|
|1996||Theodore Taylor||The Bomb||Harcourt, Brace|
|1995||Graham Salisbury||Under the Blood Red Sun||Delacorte|
|1994||Paul Fleischman||Bull Run||Laura Geringer/Harper-Collins|
|1993||Michael Dorris||Morning Girl||Hyperion|
|1992||Mary Downing Hahn||Stepping on the Cracks||Clarion|
|1991||Pieter Van Raven||A Time of Troubles||Charles Scribner's Sons|
|1990||Carolyn Reeder||Shades of Gray||Macmillan|
|1989||Lyll Becerra de Jenkins||The Honorable Prison||Lodestar/Dutton|
|1988||Patricia Beatty||Charley Skedaddle||Morrow|
|1987||Scott O'Dell||Streams to the River, River to the Sea||Houghton Mifflin|
|1986||Patricia MacLachlan||Sarah, Plain and Tall||Harper & Row|
|1985||Avi||The Fighting Ground||Lippincott|
|1984||Elizabeth George Speare||The Sign of the Beaver||Houghton Mifflin|
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