Scott O'Dell


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in Los Angeles, California, The United States
May 23, 1898

Died
October 16, 1989

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Scott O'Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 16, 1989) was an American children's author who wrote 26 novels for youngsters, along with three adult novels and four nonfiction books. He was most famously the author of the children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal as well as a number of other awards. Other award winning books by O'Dell include The King's Fifth (1966), Black Star, Bright Dawn (1988), The Black Pearl (1967), and Sing Down the Moon (1970); which were all also Newbery Honor award books. O'Dell wrote primarily historical fiction. Many of his children's novels are about historical California and Mexico.

Average rating: 3.79 · 284,867 ratings · 9,093 reviews · 56 distinct worksSimilar authors
Island of the Blue Dolphins

3.81 avg rating — 259,163 ratings — published 1960 — 134 editions
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Sing Down the Moon

3.73 avg rating — 6,576 ratings — published 1970 — 30 editions
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The Black Pearl

3.47 avg rating — 5,397 ratings — published 1967 — 42 editions
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Zia (Island of the Blue Dol...

3.45 avg rating — 3,782 ratings — published 1976 — 7 editions
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Sarah Bishop

3.49 avg rating — 1,983 ratings — published 1980 — 24 editions
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The King's Fifth

3.65 avg rating — 1,421 ratings — published 1965 — 28 editions
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Streams to the River, River...

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3.74 avg rating — 1,457 ratings — published 1986 — 5 editions
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Black Star, Bright Dawn

3.70 avg rating — 1,143 ratings — published 1988 — 22 editions
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My Name is Not Angelica

3.64 avg rating — 751 ratings — published 1989 — 18 editions
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Thunder Rolling in the Moun...

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3.71 avg rating — 725 ratings — published 1992 — 17 editions
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“Below me Rontu was running along the cliffs barking at the screaming gulls. Pelicans were chattering as they finished the blue water. But suddenly I thought of Tutok, and the island seemed very quiet.”
Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins
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“After that summer, after being friends with Won-a-nee and her young, I never killed another otter. I had an otter cape for my shoulders, which I used until it wore out, but never again did I make a new one. Nor did I ever kill another cormorant for its beautiful feathers, though they have long, think necks and make ugly sounds when they talk to each other. Nor did I kill seals for their sinews, using instead kelp to bind the things that needed it. Nor did I kill another wild dog, nor did I try to speak another sea elephant.
Ulape would have laughed at me, and other would have laughed, too -- my father most of all. Yet this is the way I felt about the animals who had become my friends and those who were not, bu in time could be. If Ulape and my father had come back and laughed, and all the other had come back and laughed, still I would have felt the same way, for animals and birds are like people, too, though they do no talk the same or do the same things. Without them the earth would be an unhappy place.”
Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins

“More than anything, it was the blue dolphins that took me back home.”
Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins

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