Scott O'Dell published his first work for children, the 1961 Newbery Award-winner ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, when he was 52. Before writing this book O'Dell had many careers, including newspaper journalist and laborer on a citrus ranch. He also wrote several novels for adults. Three of O'Dell's novels for children, THE KING'S FIFTH, THE BLACK PEARL, and SING DOWN THE MOON were named Newbery Honor Books. In 1972 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his body of work. Before his death, he established the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, an annual prize meant to recognize excellence in historical fiction for children.
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On a beautiful spring morning while grazing their sheep, Bright Morning and her friend Running Bird see two men coming toward them. Right away, Bright Morning knows who the men are: slavers come to the Navaho country to steal girls and sell them to families in town. In minutes, both girls are caught and taken away. But Bright Morning does not give up trying to escape and eventually finds her way back home. What Bright Morning can?t know, though, is that the entire Navaho way of life is about to change forever. ?The very simplicity of the writing, at times almost terse, makes more vivid the tragedy of the eviction and the danger and triumph of the return.? ?The Bulletin ?Poignantly moving.? ?Booklist?Beautifully written, Sing Down the Moon is a memorable reading experience ? for any age.? ?Book World