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Deborah Hopkinson

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I write picture books, nonfiction, and middle grade fiction. I love history and visiting schools to talk to young readers.

TITANIC: VOICES FROM THE DISASTER was named a 2013 Sibert Honor Book and a 2013 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist. My most recent nonfiction title, COURAGE & DEFIANCE, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmark,was named an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book in November 2015.

THE GREAT TROUBLE, A MYSTERY OF LONDON, the BLUE DEATH and A BOY CALLED EEL, won an Oregon Spirit Award for middle grade fiction and was named a Notable Trade Book in the Social Studies, a Junior Library Guild Selection, CCBC Choices, and SLJ Best Books of 2013.

My next picture book, BEATRIX POTTER AND THE UNFORTUNATE TALE OF THE
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When I first was inspired to write The Great Trouble, about Dr. John Snow and the London cholera epidemic of 1854, I fell into the same trap many of the elementary students I speak to at author visits do.

I thought of it as an inspiring story of perseverence and achievement -- and something in the past.

But now each day brings report of new outbreaks. The latest is in Mexico, probably stemming... Read more of this blog post »
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“And what did Maurice buy when he first got paid? A Russian-English dictionary! Maurice bought a novel and began to try to read it. Each time he saw a word he didn't know, he copied it on a piece of paper. After he finished each page, he looked up the words he didn't know in his new dictionary, then read the page again until he could understand it.
Maurice did this, page by page, until he finished the book. It was slow going, but he didn't give up. 'Every day more of the strange sounds took on meaning as words arranged themselves into sentences.”
Deborah Hopkinson, Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York, 1880-1924

“The events of the Titanic disaster can be seen as a symbol of what happens through overconfidence in technology, complacence, and a mindset of profits over people's safety.”
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“Then how about this: Remember Austin Gollaher, because what we do matters, even if we don't end up in history books.”
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