Scott O'Dell Award
The famed author of the novel Island of Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell established the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 1984. The award is presented each year to the best historical novel written for children. A true pioneer and advocate for social consciousness and public responsibility, O'Dell hoped that historical fiction would encourage such activism and awareness in children. O'Dell was a staunch supporter of gender equity, and he featured many young women as his protagonists.
The Scott O'Dell Award is designed to encourage and support new and young authors, and only American authors with American publishers are eligible to win. Additionally, the setting of the novel must be in North, South, or Central America. The Award includes a $5,000 cash prize.
The first winner of the Scott O'Dell award was Elizabeth George Speare for The Sign of the Beaver, Paul Fleischman for Bull Run, and Karen Hesse for Out of the Dust.
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