I just read on ShelfAwareness that Elijah of Buxton has won the 2008 Scott O’Dell Award. Somewhere in a box of books on my reading list I’ve got an advanced reader’s copy of this and it was going to make it to my nightstand (currently occupied by several finished books and one in process) for the new year’s reading lineup. I’ll speed up the read.
I’ve read nothing but good things about this book on other blogs, so I expect it to be good.
Christopher Paul Curtis has won the 2008 Scott O’Dell Award for Elijah of Buxton (Scholastic), a novel set in 1860 and narrated by an 11-year-old who is a first-generation free-born child, living in the Canadian town of Buxton, roughly 40 miles from Detroit, Mich. The award, established in 1982 by O’Dell (author of The Island of the Blue Dolphins), honors a work of historical fiction and includes a $5,000 prize for the author.