University of Arizona Campus  •  March 11 - 12, 2017  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 11-12, 2017 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)
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Deborah Hopkinson


Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than 45 books for young readers. Deborah has won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for picture book for "Apples to Oregon" and "A Band of Angels." Her book, "Sweet Clara and the "Freedom Quilt", won the IRA Award and her book, "Sky Boys", is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor book.

Deborah’s nonfiction book "Titanic, Voices from the Disaster" received a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor and a Robert F. Sibert Honor. "Courage & Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmark" won the OCTE Oregon Spirit Award and "Shutting out the Sky, Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924" received an NCTE Orbis Pictus honor. Deborah’s historical fiction title, "The Great Trouble, A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel," also won an OCTE Oregon Spirit Award and was a finalist for the Oregon Book award.

Her 2016 titles include a historical fiction novel, "A Bandit’s Tale," a work of nonfiction, "Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors and Submarines in the Pacific" and three picture books, "Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of the Borrowed Guinea Pig," Follow the Moon Home" and "Steamboat School."

A native of Massachusetts, Deborah received a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She and her husband, winemaker Andy Thomas, live near Portland, Oregon and have two grown children.

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Scheduled events:
Friday - School Visit
School visits are individually scheduled. For questions or additional information, please contact Cheryl Schrader-Gerken at gerken.cheryl@gmail.com

Friday - School Visit
Fri, Mar 10, 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Children / Teens

Panelists: Angela Cervantes, Matthew Cordell, Joe Hayes, Deborah Hopkinson, Teri Kanefield, Antonio Sacre
Thinking Like Historians in Writing Nonfiction
Authors of nonfiction need to be historians as they research and write. Three best-selling authors will talk about what it means to think like an historian and how that shapes their work as writers.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tonya Bolden, Deborah Hopkinson, Teri Kanefield
Moderator: Joan Sandin
Connecting STEM to History: Encouraging Readers to Think Critically
An award-winning and prolific author of picture books, nonfiction, and historical fiction will share strategies for inviting children and teens to develop STEM and historical thinking skills through literature.

Education Room 308 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Deborah Hopkinson
Moderator: Katherine Koritzinsky
The Impact of War and Conflict
Three authors reflect on writing about people caught in the middle of war and conflict and their stories of courage and survival. Their books reflect a range of genres, from historical fiction to informational books to time travel.

Education Room 351 (Seats 48, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Children / Teens
Signing area: Signing Area - Children / Teen (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Cheryl Blackford, Alexandra Bracken, Deborah Hopkinson
Moderator: Michelle Mohrweis

Books:
Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific
Children / Teens
Scholastic
September 2016
ISBN 9780545425582
Hardcover
$17.99, INSTORE
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The story of America's little known war-within-a war -- that of the "silent service" -- U. More/less

A Bandit's Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket
Children / Teens
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
April 2016
ISBN 9780385754996
Hardcover, 304 pages
$16.99, INSTORE
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In March of 1887, Rocco, an eleven-year-old from an Italian village, arrives in New York CIty where he is forced to live in squalor and beg for money as a street musician, but he finds the city's cruelty to children and animals intolerable and sets out to make things better, whatever the cost to himself.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company
William & Mary Ross Foundation
Western National Parks Association

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