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Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson


Deborah Hopkinson was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. From an early age she was an avid reader, even hiding her own books inside the school textbooks she was supposed to be reading in class. History and science were her favorite school subjects, and remain topics she frequently writes about.

After reading many children’s books to her young daughter, Hopkinson began her own career as an author and quickly found an audience. Her first published work, the picture book Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, was recognized by the International Reading Association and Reading Rainbows. From picture books like Birdie’s Lighthouse to non-fiction for young adults like Up Before Daybreak and Shutting Out the Sky, Hopkinson’s award-winning books combine attention to small details with a presentation — text, illustration, and photographs — that engage young people with history.

Hopkinson has produced an impressive body of work, even as she worked full-time in philanthropy at the University of Hawaii, Oregon State University, and now at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Deborah Hopkinson and her family live in Corvallis, Oregon.

Books by this author

A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Deborah Hopkinson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2016
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale

Deborah Hopkinson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2008
Courage & Defiance

Courage and Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in WWII Denmark

Deborah Hopkinson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2015

Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific

Deborah Hopkinson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2018
Shutting Out the Sky

Shutting Out the Sky

Deborah Hopkinson
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2003
the-great-trouble

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel

Deborah Hopkinson
Genre:
Historical Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2013
Up Before Daybreak

Up Before Daybreak

Deborah Hopkinson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2006