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Bartlett Public Library District, 800 South Bartlett Road, Bartlett, IL 60103

Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction


In 1982 Scott O’Dell established the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The annual award of $5,000 goes to an author for a meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults. It is Scott O’Dell’s hope to increase the interest of young readers in the historical background that has helped to shape their country and their world.



2019 - Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

2018 - Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

2017 - Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm

2016 - The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

2015 - Dash by Kirby

2014 - Bo at Ballard Breek by Kirkpatrick Hill

2013 - Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

2012 - Dead End In Norvelt by Jack Gantos

2011 - One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

2010 - The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan

2009 - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

2008 - Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

2007 - The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

2006 - The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich

2005 - Worth by A. LaFaye

2004 - The River Between Us by Richard Peck

2003 - Trouble Don’t Last by Shelley Pearsall

2002 - The Land by Mildred D. Taylor

2001 - The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle

2000 - Two Suns in the Sky by Miriam Bat-Ami

1999 - Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriette Robinette

1998 - Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse

1997 - Jip, His Story, by Katherine Paterson

1996 - The Bomb by Theodore Taylor

1995 - Under the Blood-Red Sun Graham Salisbury

1994 - Bull Run by Paul Fleischman

1993 - Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

1992 - Stepping on Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn

1991 - A Time of Troubles by Pieter Van Raven

1990 - Shades of Grey by Carolyn Reeder

1989 - The Honorable Prison by Lyll Becca de Jenkins

1988 - Charley Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty

1987 - Streams to the River, River to the Sea by Scott O’Dell

1986 - Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

1985 - The Fighting Ground by Avi

1984 - The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Spear


Bartlett Public Library District
800 S. Bartlett Road
Bartlett, IL 60103
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