Born in Los Angeles, California•Moved around often within thestate of California because hisfather worked for Union PacificRailroad•Attended Polytechnic High Schoolin San Pedro, California•Attended numerous Universitieseven though he never obtained adegree • Stanford University • The University of Wisconsin – Madison • The University of Rome • Bostrom, 2003 • http://www.thinkquest.org/en/
Rather than dedicate his time towardearning a degree, O’Dell "only tookclasses that interested him and classeshe thought would benefit his writing.” Bostrom, 2003, p.134
Employment HistoryMore than just an award winning author…
Background•Member of the Air Forceduring WWII•Worked in Motion PictureIndustry•Wrote formagazines/newspapers•Laborer on a citrus ranch•Editor for the Los AngelesNews • Bostrom, 2003 • Silvey, 2002, 332 http://www.thinkquest.org/en/
Interesting Facts• O’Dell’s writing began as he became • Before finishing Thunder Rolling, O’Dell “angry seeing the hunting of animals past away. His wife ended up finishing the near his home novel for him. • Cullinan & Person, 2001, • Bostrom, 2003, p. 135 p. 599 There is a Scott O’Dell Award for historical• O’Dell’s first novel never made it to fiction (1982) print. He burned it after he read it over • Bostrom, 2003, p. 135 several times. It was never O’Dell’s intention to write for • Bostrom, 2003, p. 133 children or young adults • Cullinan & Person, 2001, p. 599• O’Dell taught a course in photography writing http://research.cincinnatilibrary.org:2143/ic/bic1/?userGroupName=cinc37305 for historical There is a Scott O’Dell Award • fiction (1982) • http://www.scottodell.com/Pages/Biography.• Manned the first Technicolor camera • Bostrom, 2003, p. 34
Personal Accomplishments•Author of a John Newberry Award winning book • Several other Newberry Honor titles•Hans Christian Anderson Award • “O’Dell said that this award meant more to him in his career as a writer than any other he received.”•Regina Medial (1978)•FOCAL Award (1981)•And many more… http://www.scottodell.com/Pages/Biography.aspx
However… O’Dell is most notable for hiscontributions to children and young adult literature
The Black Pearl•Published in 1967by HoughtonMifflin in 1976•John NewberryHonor Book (1978)•Based on aCalifornia Legend•Released as aMotion PictureFilm in 1978 • http://www.scottodell.com/Pages/Bio graphy.aspx
O’Dell, S. (1976). The black pearl.Boston, MA : Houghton Mifflin. While the discovery of a mysterious black pearl provides hope for Ramon and his family, it proves to be more peril than not. After waking a demonic creature, Ramon uncovers a more adventurous and dangerous path than he ever expected.
Island of the Blue Dolphins• O’Dell’s book wasinitially denied becausethe publisher thoughtthe protagonist shouldbe a boy and the settingshould be more modern.•Later published byHoughton Mifflin in 1960•Based on a real events•Aside from introducingthe world to a fabulousauthor, Island of the BlueDolphins has won someprestigious award • Bostrom, 2003 • http://www.scottodell.com/ Pages/Biography.aspx
Island of the Blue Dolphin Awards •John Newberry Award (1961) •Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1961) •Children’s Literature Association: “10 Best American Children’s Books of the Past 200 Years (1976) •School Library Journal , Books That Shaped The Century (2000) •And More…
ODell, S. (1960). Island of the bluedolphins. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. After being abandoned by her tribe, Karana experiences the death of her brother Ramo, hatred for the wild dogs that took his life, hunger, friendship and new founding love for the place she calls home. The reader hears receives a first-person perspective on what it takes to survive in the wild alone and the difficult decisions one faces in life.
Sing Down the Moon•Published in byHoughtonMifflin in 1970•NewberryHonor Title(1971)•BooklistContemporaryClassics forYoung Adults(1984) http://www.scottodell.com/Pages /Biography.aspx
ODell, S. (1976; 1970). Sing downthe moon. New York : Dell Pub. Co.: Told from the perspective of a young Navajo girl, Bright Morning tells the story of her tribe that was ripped away from their livelihood and forced into slavery. After escaping capture with her best friend, she comes to find out that her life will never be the same.
Visit the following sites for additional information on Scott O’Dell and his work: •Scott ODell Biography •Scott ODells Website •Goodreads •The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton Countys Catalog and Biography Databases
References Bomstrom, K. L. (2003). Winning authors: Profiles of the newberry medalists. Wesport, CT: Libraries Unlimited. Drew, B. A., & NetLibrary, I. (1997). The 100 most popular young adult authors (Rev 1 ed.). Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited. Gale Cenage Learning. (2012). Gale biography in context. Retrieved October 8, 2012, from http://research.cincinnatilibrary.org:2143/ic/bic1/? userGroupName=cinc37305 Oracle. (2012). Scott Odell biography. Retrieved October 7, 2012, from http://www.thinkquest.org/en/
References Cont… Scott Odell. (1995). In A. Silvey (Ed.), Childrens books and their creators (pp. 496-497). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. Scott Odell. (2001). In B. Cullinan, & D. Person (Eds.), The continuum encyclopedia of childrens literature (pp. 599-600). New York: Continuum. Scott Odell. (2002). In A. Silvey (Ed.), The essential guide to childrens books and their creators (pp. 332-333). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. Skyforce Technologies.Scott Odell. Retrieved October 8, 2012, from http://www.scottodell.com/Pages/Biography.aspx