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.