Scott O'Dell

Who is Scott O'Dell?

Scott O'Dell is an award-winning author whose historical fiction books have entertained and enlightened millions of readers around the world. Children with a thirst for adventure and a love of nature are drawn to his stories of young people, whose survival depends on their determination and self-reliance. He has been called "the foremost American writer of children's historical fiction" and is one of the best historical fiction writers for youth. As a book writer who is best known for stories set in the past, Scott's novels include gothic romances, nonfiction, and stories of contemporary life. To learn more about Scott O'Dell, check out the "My Life and Books" page or the "More About Scott O'Dell" page. To see all the books Scott O'Dell wrote, check out the "Books by Scott" page.

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell's first book for young readers, remains the most popular and best-loved of his books. This timeless tale of a girl stranded on a Pacific island has been translated into 28 languages, delighting children in cultures as different as Iran and Israel, Brazil and Bulgaria, China and Czechoslovakia. The 50th Anniversary of Island of the Blue Dolphins was celebrated in 2010. Pick up your own anniversary copy today. 

Get In Touch

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A Visit with Scott O'Dell

This interview was produced in 1983 by Houghton Mifflin Company. It is titled, "A Visit with Scott O'Dell" and features an interview with Scott O'Dell, with footage of his dog, Beauregard, and his wife, Elizabeth Hall.

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