O’Dell, Scott


Born on May 23rd 1898 in Los Angeles CA, he lived on Rattlesnake Island across the bay from San Pedro in a house built on stilts. He grew up in California always near the sea, which inspired a lot of stories that he wrote. He attended four different colleges one of them was the University of Wisconsin Madison. He never fought in either of the World Wars he was either too young or too old when they broke out, he worked in Hollywood for a while he worked for Paramount pictures and also for Metro Goldwyn Mayer.

Island of the Blue Dolphin launched Scott on a new career. The book became a best-seller. It won the American Library Association’s Newbery Medal, as well as a half-dozen other awards. During the next 29 years, Scott wrote another 25 books for young readers. In 1971, Scott received another Newbery Medal for Sing Down the Moon. And in 1972, Scott received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his body of work. He died of prostate cancer on October 15th, 1989 at the age of 91.

Selected Work

Title: Black Star, Bright Dawn

Author: Scott O’Dell

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

Year Published: 1988

Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Format: Paperback; 134 pages; 19 cm x 13 cm

ISBN #: 9780547053196

MARC Record

Her name was Bright Dawn, a teenage Eskimo girl. He was Black Star, part husky but mostly wolf, with ice-blue eyes. Together, they were a team–about to begin the famous Iditarod dogsled race through the cold wilds of Alaska. Bright Dawn couldn’t believe it when her father asked her to take his place in the race. She didn’t think she could do it; the trail was one thousand miles long, with unforeseen hazards along the entire route. Bright Dawn knew that Black Star would lead her to the finish line. But neither she nor her dog expected a cold, blinding white-out, a belligerent bull moose, ice that could crack and splinter at any time, and all the other dangers they encountered. Soon Bright Dawn was depending on Black Star not only for the race, but for her life as well.

Other Works:

Island of the Blue Dolphin; O’Dell, Scott; Sandpiper; Anniversary Edition (2010)

The Black Pearl; O’Dell, Scott; Sandpiper; Anniversary Edition (2010)

More Information:

Scott O’Dell Website…



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