Deborah Hopkinson is the author of such award-winning children’s books as Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt; Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings; A Band of Angels, and for the Dear America series, Hear My Sorrow.
Her nonfiction book, Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924, published by Orchard Books in 2003, has garnered a great deal of acclaim. Among many honors, it was selected as one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, as an NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. It was also awarded an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor and a Jane Addams Children’s Peace Award Honor.
Deborah's stories and articles have appeared in Scholastic's Storyworks Magazine, as well as in Cricket and Ladybug. Deborah was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. She had a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts and a master's in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii. In addition to writing, Deborah works full-time as the Director of Foundation Relations at Oregon State University Foundation.
Deborah Hopkinson currently lives in Corvallis, Oregon.