The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction has been given annually since 1984 to a meritorious book of historical fiction published in the previous year for children or young adults.
Eligible books must:
- be intended for children or young people
- be set in the New World (Canada, Central or South America, or the United States)
- be published by a publisher in the United States
- be written in English by a citizen of the United States
The winning book is selected by the O'Dell Award Committee chaired by Roger Sutton, Editor-in-Chief, The Horn Book. He is assisted by Ann Carlson, Librarian, Oak Park and River Forest High School, and Deborah Stevenson, Editor of The Bulletin and Director of the Center for Children's Books.
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