Scott O'Dell Award winner

So while we wait for the announcement of the Bluebonnet Award, let's take a look at the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, which goes annually to the author of a distinguished work of historical fiction for young people published by a U. S. publisher and set in the Americas.

The 2014 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to Kirkpatrick Hill for Bo at Ballard Creek, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Set in the 1920s, it's the story of a girl named Bo who was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village. We experience life on the frontier with Bo and her adopted fathers: Papa Jack and Papa Arvid. The author actually lived outside a mining camp in Alaska until she was six years old, and some of the things she remembers went into the story.

If you like this book then try the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and The Wheel on the School (a Newbery winner from the 1950s) by Meindert deJong.