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2019 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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From the BCCB's Deborah Stevenson, chair of the O'Dell Award committee:  Champaign, IL (January 18, 2019)—The 2019 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Finding Langston, by Lesa Cline-Ransome, published by Holiday House. Chicago brings culture shock for eleven-year-old Langston, who moves there from Alabama with his father in 1946 after his mother...

The 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

from O'Dell committee chair Deborah Stevenson:The 2018 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Beyond the Bright Sea, by Lauren Wolk, published by Dutton Books for Young readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.The isolated world of the Elizabeth Islands off of mainland Massachusetts in 1925 comes to life...

The 2017 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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The 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Full of Beans, by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books.Narrator Beans Curry immerses middle-grade readers in his kid world of Depression-era Key West, where he and his pals...

2016 National Book Award Winner

The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature is March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; illus. by Nate Powell.Read The Horn Book's reviews of the March trilogy here:March: Book OneMarch: Book TwoMarch: Book ThreeAnd you can read our Five Questions interview with the...

The 2016 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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The 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz, published by Candlewick Press.When Joan’s father burns her beloved books as an undeserved punishment for shirking her housework, the put-upon fourteen-year-old makes a reckless gambit for freedom, running away to Baltimore in search...

The 2015 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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The 2015 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Dash, by Kirby Larson, published by Scholastic Press.While Mitsi is going to miss spending time with her beloved dog Dash now that Christmas vacation is over, she is looking forward to seeing her best buds Mags and Judy. Mitsy thought...

Review of Brown Girl Dreaming

 Brown Girl Dreamingby Jacqueline WoodsonIntermediate, Middle School    Paulsen/Penguin328 pp.    8/14    978-0-399-25251-8    $16.99    gHere is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author’s childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others’ memories to relate her (1963) birth and infancy...

He must have been pissed.

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http://www.carolinefontenot.com/idioms-episode-xi/In hunting down a quote in the June 1972 issue of the Magazine, I happened upon a note that resonates with the recent debate over the ALA awards and confidentiality.Under "Staff Notes," in the Hunt Breakfast (yesteryear's Impromptu column) the first entry is:"Paul Heins [the then-Editor of HB], as one...

The 2014 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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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...
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