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Deborah Hopkinson - Author

About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of more than 40 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade fiction, and nonfiction. In her presentations at schools and  conferences, she helps bring history and research alive. She also is frequent instructor at writing workshops for adults. Her work is especially well-suited for STEM and CCSS connections.

Her nonfiction includes Courage &  Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in WWII Denmark, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, a Robert F. Sibert Award honor book and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor book, and Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924, an NCTE Orbis Pictus award honor book and Jane Addams Award honor book. 

Deborah’s award-winning picture books include Sky Boys, How They Built the Empire State Building, an ALA Notable and Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book and Apples to Oregon won the Golden Kite Award and Spur Storytelling Award. A four-time Oregon Book Award finalist, Deborah won in 2009 for Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole. Her most recent historical fiction title, The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London,  the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel was an Oregon Book Award finalist which won the  OCTE Oregon Spirit Award. 

A former professional in fundraising for colleges and universities, Deborah received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She lives near Portland, Oregon.

Charlotte Voake (Illustrator) Charlotte Voake was born in Wales and studied at the University of London. Her first illustrations were published while she was studying there in 1978. She won the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Smarties Book Award twice. She has been shortlisted for both the Kurt Maschler Emil Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Featured books by Deborah Hopkinson

Other books by Deborah Hopkinson

How I Became a Spy A Mystery of WWII London

How I Became a Spy A Mystery of WWII London

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2019

D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History

D-Day: The World War II Invasion That Changed History

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2019

An authentic account of one of the most pivotal battlesof World War Two. The World War Two invasion known as D-Day was one of the largest military endeavours in history. It involved years of planning, total secrecy and not only soldiers but also sailors, paratroopers and many specialists. Acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the contributions of key players in D-Day in a masterful tapestry of official documents, personal narratives and archival photos to provide an action-packed and authentic account.

Under the Bodhi Tree A Story of the Buddha

Under the Bodhi Tree A Story of the Buddha

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

Bandit's Tale The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Bandit's Tale The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2018

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen The Story of Six Novels, Three Notebooks, a Writing Box, and One Clever Girl

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of our greatest writers. But before that, she was just an ordinary girl. In fact, young Jane was a bit quiet and shy; if you had met her back then, you might not have noticed her at all. But she would have noticed you. Jane watched and listened to all the things people around her did and said and locked those observations away for safekeeping. Jane also loved to read. She devoured everything in her father's massive library, and before long she began creating her own stories. In her time, the most popular books were grand adventures and romances, but Jane wanted to go her own way . . . and went on to invent an entirely new kind of novel. Deborah Hopkinson and Qin Leng have collaborated on a gorgeous tribute to an independent thinker who turned ordinary life into extraordinary stories and created a body of work that has delighted and inspired readers for generations.

Independence Cake

Independence Cake

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2017

A Letter To My Teacher

A Letter To My Teacher

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2017

Abe Lincoln Crosses A Creek

Abe Lincoln Crosses A Creek

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2016

Courage & Defiance

Courage & Defiance

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2016

Critically acclaimed Sibert Honor author Deborah Hopkinson brings to bold life the remarkable story of the Danish resistance and rescue of over 7,000 Jews during WWII. (Runtime 6 hours, 5 min)

Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of the Guinea Pig

Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of the Guinea Pig

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

A brand new picture book from the award-winning and well-loved Charlotte Voake and Deborah Hopkinson about the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Young Beatrix Potter loves to draw animals. She has many pets whom she likes to paint - a frog, a salamander, a canary and even a hedgehog. But she doesn't have a guinea pig so she borrows her neighbour's, promising that no harm will come to the cuddly creature. After all, what could possibly go wrong...? This hilarious and charming new book is based on Beatrix Potter's own diary entries, and is perfect for Potter fans young and old.

Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2016

From an award-winning author of historical fiction comes a story of survival, crime, adventure, and horses in the streets of 19th century New York City.Eleven-year-old Rocco is an Italian immigrant who finds himself alone in New York City after he's sold to a padrone by his poverty-stricken parents. While working as a street musician, he meets the boys of the infamous Bandits' Roost, who teach him the art of pickpocketing. Rocco embraces his new life of crimehe's good at it, and it's more lucrative than banging a triangle on the street corner. But when he meets Meddlin' Mary, a strong-hearted Irish girl who's determined to help the horses of New York City, things begin to change. Rocco begins to reexamine his lifeand take his future into his own hands.

The Great Trouble

The Great Trouble

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

The Great Trouble

The Great Trouble

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/09/2013

Great Trouble

Great Trouble

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2013

';A delightful combination of race-against-the-clock medical mystery and outwit-the-bad-guys adventure.' Publishers Weekly, Starred Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a ';mudlark,' he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. He's being hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, and a nastier man never walked the streets of London. And he's got a secret that costs him four precious shillings a week to keep safe. But even for Eel, things aren't so bad until that fateful August day in 1854the day the deadly cholera (';blue death') comes to Broad Street. Everyone believes that cholera is spread through poisonous air. But one man, Dr. John Snow, has a different theory. As the epidemic surges, it's up to Eel and his best friend, Florrie, to gather evidence to prove Dr. Snow's theorybefore the entire neighborhood is wiped out. ';Hopkinson illuminates a pivotal chapter in the history of public health. . . . Accessible . . . and entertaining.' School Library Journal, Starred ';For [readers] who love suspense, drama, and mystery.' TIME for KidsFrom the Hardcover edition.

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: eBook Release Date: 14/08/2012

EARLY MORNING ON APRIL 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her glorious maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, sank after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Thus the ship declared to be unsinkable was lost in one of the most infamous tragedies in history. Even now, a century later, the events surrounding the Titanic continue to haunt and intrigue us. Critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices of Titanic survivors and witnesses to the disaster to bring the horrors of that terrible night to life. There's nine-year-old Frankie Goldsmith; Violet Jessop, a young stewardess; Jack Thayer, an American high school senior; Colonel Archibald Gracie, a well-to-do gentleman; William Murdoch, a brave seaman; Charlotte Collyer, a young mother on her way to start a new life; and many others. Their recollections are filled with heart-stopping action, devastating drama, and fascinating historical details.

A Boy Called Dickens

A Boy Called Dickens

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2012

Cabin in the Snow

Cabin in the Snow

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2002

STORMS ARE BREWING When Charlie and Papa arrive in Lawrence for supplies, they find the bustling Kansas town threatened by border ruffians from proslave Missouri. Papa decides to remain behind with other free-soil settlers to defend the town, so Charlie must drive the wagon back to the family's isolated claim by himself. At home a different sort of storm is brewing -- gray skies, bitter cold, and vicious winds warn that a prairie blizzard is coming. Charlie is always getting into trouble for daydreaming and forgetting his chores. Now he has to show he's grown-up enough to help Momma, his sisters, and his newborn baby brother survive in their tiny cabin in the snow.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/1995

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Author: Deborah Hopkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/1993

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