The Scott O'Dell Award

Cover of Dash by Kirby Lawson--2015 Scott O'Dell Award winner

This award was established in 1982 by the noted writer of historical fiction, who hoped to increase interest in the genre. It is awarded annually to "a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults." To be eligible, "a book must have been published as a book intended for children or young people, it must be set in the New World (Canada, Central or South America, or the United States), it must be published by a publisher in the United States, and it must be written in English by a citizen of the United States." That explains why books such as A Single Shard, Newbery winner in 2002, wouldn't even have been considered for the O'Dell.

The links in the book titles take you to Amazon; if you prefer you can search for information on IndieBound, the website of the independent booksellers.

More information about the Scott O'Dell Award: this link leads to the page on the Scott O'Dell site which describes the Award; it includes a complete list of past winners.

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