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Deborah Hopkinson


Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of more than 40 books for young readers including picture books, short fiction, and nonfiction.  Her historical fiction picture books often illuminate the lives of ordinary people or forgotten figures in history. She has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for picture book text twice. A frequent speaker in schools and conferences, she works to help bring history alive and encourage young readers to practice critical thinking and historical thinking skills.

Deborah Hopkinson

Books by Deborah Hopkinson

by Deborah Hopkinson - Adventure, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Military

Bertie never set out to become a spy. He certainly never expected that a strong-willed American girl named Eleanor would play Watson to his Holmes (or Holmes to his Watson, depending on who you ask). But when a young woman goes missing, leaving behind a coded notebook, Bertie is determined to solve the mystery. With the help of Eleanor and his friend David, a Jewish refugee --- and, of course, his trusty pup, Little Roo --- Bertie must decipher the notebook in time to stop a double agent from spilling the biggest secret of all to the Nazis.

by Deborah Hopkinson - Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Military

The WWII invasion known as D-Day was the largest military endeavor in history. The goal of D-Day was the total defeat of Hitler's regime, and the defense of free democracies everywhere. D-Day was an invasion not for conquest, but liberation, and required years to plan to keep the advantage of surprise. Acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the contributions of not only D-Day's famous players, but African Americans, women, journalists and service members in a masterful tapestry of official documents, personal narratives and archival photos to bring this decisive battle to life.

by Deborah Hopkinson - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Youth Fiction

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 crime --- he'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 life --- and take his future into his own hands.

by Deborah Hopkinson - Children's, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Holocaust
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US entered World War II in December 1941 with only 44 Naval submarines --- many of them dating from the 1920s. With the Pacific battleship fleet decimated after Pearl Harbor, it was up to the feisty and heroic sailors aboard the US submarines to stop the Japanese invasion across the Pacific.Using first-person accounts, archival materials, official Naval documents and photographs, award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson brings the voices and exploits of these brave men to life.
Written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Giselle Potter - Biography, Children's Nonfiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

Celebrate American independence with this delightful picture book as you travel to Revolutionary America and meet the amazing Amelia Simmons: mother's helper, baker of delectable cakes, and soon-to-be authoress of the first American cookbook!

by Jon Scieszka, Christopher Healy, Sharon Creech, Cathy Camper, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ingrid Law, Deborah Hopkinson, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Eugene Yelchin, and Jack Gantos - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Short Stories

HEROES AND VILLAINS, the seventh volume in Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read Library of Great Reading, is chock-full of adventure featuring an array of characters --- with and without capes. Featuring ten all-new, original stories that run the gamut from fantasy to comics to contemporary adventure to nonfiction, and featuring eleven of the most acclaimed, exciting writers for kids working today, this collection is the perfect book for you, whether you use your powers for good --- or evil.

Written by Deborah Hopkinson with illustrations by Ron Husband - Historical Fiction, Picture, Racism, Social Issues

When James first started school, his sister practically had to drag him there. The classroom was dark and dreary, and James knew everything outside was more exciting than anything he'd find inside.But his teacher taught him otherwise. "We make our own light here," Reverend Meachum told James. And through hard work and learning, they did, until their school was shut down by a new law forbidding African American education in Missouri. Determined to continue teaching his students, Reverend John Berry Meachum decided to build a new school-a floating school in the Mississippi River, just outside the boundary of the unjust law. 

written by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson with illustrations by Meilo So - Animals , Children's 5-9, Education, Environment, Nature, Reference, Science

Acclaimed activist Philippe Cousteau and renowned author Deborah Hopkinson team up to offer a story of the powerful difference young people can make in the world. Meet Viv, who has a new home and a new school by the sea, and follow her as she finds her way in a new place and helps bring together a whole community to save the sea turtles of the South Carolina coast.

written by Deborah Hopkinson with illustrations by Charlotte Voake - Animals , Biography, Children's 4-8

Master of the historical fiction picture book, Hopkinson takes readers back to Victorian England and the home of budding young artist and animal lover Beatrix Potter. When Beatrix brings home her neighbor’s pet guinea pig so that she can practice painting it, well . . . it dies! Now what?

by Deborah Hopkinson - Children's Nonfiction, Education

Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson traces the stories of the heroic young men and women who would not stand by as their country was occupied by a dangerous enemy. Rather, they fought back. Some were spies, passing tactical information to the British; some were saboteurs, who aimed to hamper and impede Nazi operations in Denmark; and 95% of the Jewish population of Denmark were survivors, rescued by their fellow countrymen, who had the courage and conscience that drove them to act. 

by Deborah Hopkinson - Youth Fiction

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. But even for Eel, things aren't so bad until that fateful August day in 1854 --- the day the Great Trouble begins. Mr. Griggs, the tailor, is the first to get sick, and soon it's clear that the deadly cholera --- the "blue death" --- has come to Broad Street.

by Deborah Hopkinson - History, Nonfiction

Packed with heartstopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, and quotes from primary sources, this gripping story, which follows the TITANIC and its passengers from the ship's celebrated launch at Belfast to her cataclysmic icy end, is sure to thrill and move readers.

by Deborah Hopkinson - Historical Fiction

Angela and her family have arrived in New York City from their village in Italy to find themselves settled in a small tenement apartment on the Lower East Side. When her father is no longer able to work, Angela must leave school and work in a shirtwaist factory. She plays a part in the drama and turmoil that erupt as workers begin to strike, protesting the terrible conditions in the sweatshops. And she records the horrors of the Triangle Factory fire and the triumphs and sorrows of the labor movement.