Congratulations to Laurie Halse Anderson! The announcement just came out today that her fabulous novel Chains is the winner of the 2009 Scott O'Dell Award for historical fiction. You can read Laurie's joyful reaction here. You can read my review of Chains here. I said:
"Wow! Once I started Chains, I could not put it down. Even when it was painful, and I wanted to put it down, I still couldn't put it down... Chains has my very highest recommendation, for kids and adults. It is a triumph. I am very much looking forward to the next volume of the story, Forge."
I think that the selection committee made an excellent, excellent choice. Chains is the best kind of historical fiction - a "can't-put-it-down story" that deepens every reader's understanding, and a nuanced portrait of a complex and important time period. Congratulations, Laurie!