January 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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 as our narrator, […]

The 2017 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

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. Narrator Beans Curry immerses middle-grade readers in his kid world of Depression-era Key West, where he and his pals rub shoulders with rum runners and New Dealer tourism boosters, manage […]

Why “The Hired Girl” Won the 2016 O’Dell Award

The win strikes a chord of redemption for supporters of the controversial book following a wide-ranging discussion over the main character’s prejudiced outlooks.