Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than 40 books for young readers including picture books, historical fiction, and nonfiction.
Deborah’s nonfiction includes Titanic, Voices from the Disaster, which received a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor and a Robert F. Sibert Honor. Up Before Daybreak, Cotton and People in America, won a Carter G. Woodson Award Honor, and Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924, received an NCTE Orbis Pictus honor.
Deborah’s middle grade novel, The Great Trouble, A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel, won an Oregon Spirit Award and was named an Oregon Book Award finalist. Deborah has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for picture book text twice, for Apples to Oregon and A Band of Angels. Other picture books include Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the IRA Award; Sky Boys, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book; and Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole, winner of the Oregon Book Award.
A native of Massachusetts, Deborah received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A former professional in higher education fundraising, she and her husband, winemaker Andy Thomas, live in West Linn, Oregon and have two grown children.
Deborah is a frequent presenter at schools and conferences and is passionate about encouraging young readers to think like historians. Deborah’s forthcoming book from Scholastic in Fall 2015 is Courage & Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark. Follow Deborah on Twitter @deborahopkinson or visit her on her web site.