The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Bo at Ballard Creek

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard  Creek, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, a division of the Macmillan Children’s Book Group. Like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods, Bo at Ballard Creek takes its young heroine […]

The 2013 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

chickadee

The 2013 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Louise Erdrich for Chickadee, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The annual award, created by Scott O’Dell and Zena Sutherland in 1982 and now administered by Elizabeth Hall, carries with it a prize of $5000, and goes to the author of a distinguished […]

Boston’s favorite son

GantosSutton

Reigning (wait, is it incoming until he actually gets his mitts on the goods?) O’Dell and Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos stopped by the office last Friday for a bit of cake and champagne to celebrate the success of Dead End in Norvelt. (And to fortify himself for his daughter’s pajama party, which he was supervising that […]

In which I reveal a taste for trash

PearlHarbor

I mean, beyond all the Judith Krantz I’ve been quoting from memory over on Twitter. Wendy at Six Boxes of Books interviews me about the Scott O’Dell Award.

2012 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Norvelt

The 2012 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt, published by Farrar Straus Giroux. The award, created by Scott O’Dell and Zena Sutherland in 1982 and now administered by Elizabeth Hall, carries with it a prize of $5000, and goes to the author of a distinguished work […]

Scott O’Dell Award 2012–call for submissions

Dell Award

The Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction committee is soliciting nominations for the 2012 Award, a $5000 prize. To quote from the criteria, “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; […]

>Are historicals history?

>In my capacity as chair of the Scott O’Dell Award, I received a letter from a prominent author of historical fiction, bemoaning what she sees as a current lack of interest in the genre among publishers. I have no idea if this is true, as what publishers are in the market for now won’t reveal […]

>2011 Scott O’Dell Award

> The winner of the 2011 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction is One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The summer Delphine is “eleven going on twelve,” she and her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, are sent from Brooklyn to Oakland to visit their mother, Cecile, […]

>2010 Scott O’Dell Award

> Elizabeth Hall (right) and I (left) awarded Matt Phelan (center) the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction during the ALA convention in Washington last month. Matt’s publisher Candlewick hosted an elegant little party for the occasion, and I wanted to share with you Elizabeth’s remarks about Matt’s book, The Storm in the Barn, […]

>More than words can say

>Prompted by the announcement that The Storm in the Barn had won the Scott O’Dell Award, there’s been a question asked over at Twitter about the eligibility of a graphic novel for a prize for historical fiction. I can’t speak for the other judges but it never occurred to me to think otherwise. As far […]