Books by Deborah Hopkinson

Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A solid, somber dramatization of a real-life medical mystery. (epilogue, author's note, timeline, bibliography, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
A scrawny 12-year-old orphan named Eel changes history when he helps famous epidemiologist Dr. John Snow identify the source of a cholera outbreak in the streets of 1854 London. Read full book review >
KNIT YOUR BIT by Deborah Hopkinson
Released: Feb. 21, 2013

"A fine entry in commemoration of the upcoming centennial of World War I. (author's note, Web resources.) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even boys can knit, when it's for their fathers fighting overseas. Read full book review >
ANNIE AND HELEN by Deborah Hopkinson
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The story of this remarkable pair does not grow old, and here is a charming way to learn it for the first time. (author's note; list of acknowledgments, print and online sources) (Picture book biography. 5-10)"
A clear, simple narrative retells a powerful story of determination and triumph for a team of two: Anne Sullivan and her famous student, Helen Keller. Read full book review >
<i>TITANIC</i> by Deborah Hopkinson
Released: March 1, 2012

"A thorough and absorbing recreation of the ill-fated voyage. (Nonfiction. 8-16)"
In what's sure to be a definitive work commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Hopkinson offers a well-researched and fascinating account of the disaster. Read full book review >
A BOY CALLED DICKENS by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"This thoughtful and entertaining portrait offers a model for reading critically that will bear fruit as readers grow. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Metafictive techniques and atmospheric graphite, ink and acrylic compositions effectively pull readers into the life and soul of 12-year-old Charles Dickens. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"A charming introduction to a well-known figure and his large but less-familiar family. (Picture book. 4-8)"
While his anniversary year is over as of Feb. 12, 2010, Charles Darwin remains an intriguing figure, as evidenced by this imaginative tale told from his daughter's point of view. Read full book review >
STAGECOACH SAL by Deborah Hopkinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Based on the real Delia Haskett Rawson, the first and possibly only woman to carry the U.S. mail by stagecoach in California, the story has a wonderful energy and verve. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sally, so small her feet don't reach the floorboards of her Pa's stagecoach, loves to ride and sing (and she can shoot, too). Read full book review >
HOME ON THE RANGE by Deborah Hopkinson
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Capped with a fuller picture of the work of Lomax and his son Alan, as well as enticing source notes, this account can't help but broaden the insight of little dogies everywhere into the histories and meaning of these enduringly popular songs. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Interspersing her narrative with verses from "Home on the Range," "Sweet Betsy from Pike," "The Old Chisholm Trail" and like cowboy chestnuts, Hopkinson retraces the early career of the greatest collector and recorder of American folk songs ever. Read full book review >
KEEP ON! by Deborah Hopkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Handsome. (author's note, timeline, resources) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
"Matt was born in 1866, just after the Civil War, at a time when poor black boys like him had few chances to roam the next county, to say nothing of another country, the seven seas, or the top of the world." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"It may not keep kids out of creeks, but this plucky Kentucky romp may well spawn a future historian or two. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Abe Lincoln's childhood friend Austin Gollaher changed the course of history when he rescued the future president from a swollen Kentucky creek in 1816. Read full book review >
SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY by Deborah Hopkinson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"Still, it brings deserved attention to Chapman and underscores the very worthwhile message that one does not need to be a star to make a difference. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Hopkinson shines the spotlight on Oscar Chapman, assistant secretary of the interior, who worked behind the scenes to make Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial a reality. Read full book review >
INTO THE FIRESTORM by Deborah Hopkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Based on eyewitness accounts, the tale brings to life an event young readers will find fascinating. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Running away from the county poor farm in Texas, 11-year-old Nicholas Dray arrives in San Francisco penniless. Read full book review >
UP BEFORE DAYBREAK by Deborah Hopkinson
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2006

"What might have been a dry topic is lively, the voices of the children vivid and personal. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
"The voices of children weave through the story of cotton," and the story of cotton weaves through the story of our nation. Read full book review >
SKY BOYS by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"A beautiful work befitting its subject. (author's note, sources) (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
"A symbol of hope in the darkest of times," the Empire State Building was built in record time during the Great Depression. Read full book review >
FROM SLAVE TO SOLDIER by Deborah Hopkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Young Civil War buffs will welcome something they can read themselves. (Nonfiction. 5-8)"
Johnny loves his Uncle Silas, his mule Nell and the cows he herds back and forth each day. Read full book review >
SAVING STRAWBERRY FARM by Deborah Hopkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"The pictures have some of the quality of the familiar photographs of the time, but the almost garish colors seem out of context for this inspiring Depression-era story. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hopkinson, with her remarkable talent for bringing small incidents of history to life, tells a touching tale of generosity in the midst of the poverty of the Great Depression. Read full book review >
BILLY AND THE REBEL by Deborah Hopkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"The theme of friendship across lines of antagonism will kindle deep responses in more than just students of the Civil War. (map) (Easy reader. 7-9)"
In this upper-level Easy Reader, a young Confederate deserter repays with a courageous act the Gettysburg family that shelters him. Read full book review >
APPLES TO OREGON by Deborah Hopkinson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The pun-filled text and puckish pictures by the team that created Fannie in the Kitchen (2001) spin a pip of a yarn that is just downright delicious. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The subtitle ("Being the [Slightly] True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries [and Children] Across the Plains") sets the tone and describes the plot, but the flavor is in the folksy telling of this clever tall tale that humorously portrays a family's trek west from Iowa to Oregon to plant their father's fruit trees. Read full book review >
THE KLONDIKE KID by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"With cliffhanger chapter endings, can't-miss drama and a captivating setting, Hopkinson brings her considerable storytelling and research skills to readers who are just beginning to read longer books. (author's note, Web sites) (Fiction. 6-9)"
After stowing away on a ship to Alaska, 11-year-old Davey faces the challenges of living in Alaska, searching for his only relative, and climbing the treacherous and dangerous Chilkoot Trail. Read full book review >
A PACKET OF SEEDS by Deborah Hopkinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2004

"Lovely. (author's note) (Fiction. 5-12)"
Hopkinson and Andersen team up again in this understated, quiet story of pioneers, the prairie, and the healing power of gardening. Read full book review >
THE KLONDIKE KID by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"The cliffhanger chapter endings, frequent realistic pencil sketches, and generous font that are the trademark of the Ready-for-Chapters series, along with Hopkinson's eye for compelling historical details, make this particularly fine fare for beginning readers. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Hopkinson brings her sharp research and thoughtful storytelling to the story of the Klondike Gold Rush in the first of a planned series about Davey in Alaska. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Nonfiction at its best and a good companion to Mary Jane Auch's Ashes of Roses (2002), Johanna Hurwitz's Dear Emma (2002), and other recent works on the subject. (foreword, afterword, timeline, notes, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Between 1880 and 1919, 23 million people came to America, most through the port of New York and most from eastern and southern Europe. Read full book review >
GIRL WONDER by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pleasure to look at and read aloud, this concludes with a timeline about women in baseball and, on the back cover, a wonderful black-and-white photograph of Alta Weiss preparing to pitch. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A winning author-illustrator team hits a home run with this top-notch tale about Alta Weiss, who played semi-pro baseball in early 1900s. Read full book review >
OUR KANSAS HOME by Deborah Hopkinson
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A winner. (recipe, author's note, Web sites) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Hopkinson completes her Prairie Skies trilogy with another satisfying episode in Charlie Keller's new life in Bleeding Kansas. Read full book review >
CABIN IN THE SNOW by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Once again, Hopkinson tells a good story, steeped in rich history and research, and leaves her young readers satisfied, yet ready to know more, promised in the forthcoming Our Kansas Home. (author's note, recipe, song lyrics) (Fiction. 6-10)"
The Keller family, a free-soil Kansas family recently transplanted from Massachusetts, faces the struggle of their first winter in Hopkinson's second installment in the Prairie Skies trilogy that began with Pioneer Summer (p. 570). Mr. Keller and his son Charlie leave for a supply trip to Lawrence that ends up being anything but routine. Read full book review >
UNDER THE QUILT OF NIGHT by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2002

"An excellent introduction to the topic for a younger audience. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Hopkinson and Ransome team up once again with a stunning tale about one family's trip on the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >
FANNIE IN THE KITCHEN by Deborah Hopkinson
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 1, 2001

"Delicious! (Picture book. 7-10)"
Hopkinson (Band of Angels, 1998, etc.) documents domestic history in the making, using real people and fleshing out a true, little-known episode. Read full book review >
PIONEER SUMMER by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"This superb story will whet their appetites for future news of the Keller family as they find their place in "Bleeding Kansas." (author's note) (Fiction. 6-10)"
Hopkinson (Bluebird Summer, 2001, etc.) tells the engaging saga of a pioneer family's move to Kansas in her first foray into Ready-for-Chapters reading. Read full book review >
BLUEBIRD SUMMER by Deborah Hopkinson
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2001

"An author's note on bluebirds and their habitats concludes the book. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Ecology, change, love, and loss are all part of this affecting picture book by the author of Maria's Comet (1999). Read full book review >
MARIA'S COMET by Deborah Hopkinson
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Pair this with Don Brown's Rare Treasure (p. 1223), about Mary Anning and her fossils. (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
From Hopkinson (Birdie's Lighthouse, 1997, etc.) comes another strong, simply told story, based loosely on the life of 19th- century astronomer Maria Mitchell, about a girl with a particular kind of wanderlust. Read full book review >
BIRDIE'S LIGHTHOUSE by Deborah Hopkinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"Hopkinson notes that although Birdie is a fictional character, she was inspired by several real lighthouse keepers, among them Grace Darling of England and Abigail Burgess Grant of Maine. (Picture book. 5-9)"
 Root's evocative watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings in deep sea blues and greens are perfectly allied with Hopkinson's stirring tale, set off the coast of Maine in 1855, of a girl's life as a lightkeeper. Read full book review >
SWEET CLARA AND THE FREEDOM QUILT by Deborah Hopkinson
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A well-told, handsomely illustrated story that effectively dramatizes young Clara's perseverance and courage. (Young Reader/Picture book. 5- 10)"
 When Sweet Clara, not yet 12, is taken from her mother and sent from North Farm to Home Plantation as a field hand, she's put in the care of ``Aunt Rachel,'' not ``my for-real blood aunt, but she did her best.'' Fearing for Clara's health, Rachel teaches her to sew and is lucky enough to get her a place in the Big House, where Clara listens, learns, and saves scraps that she eventually pieces into a map-quilt showing the way to the Ohio and freedom. Read full book review >