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Deborah Hopkinson

Author of Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

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About the Author

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of over 40 highly acclaimed nonfiction books, including NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor and Jane Addams Honor Book Shutting Out the Sky: Carter G. Woodson Honor Book UP Before Daybreak; Sibert Honor Book and YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist Titanic: Voices show more from the Disaster: Sydney Taylor Notable Book Courage Defiance: Dive!; D-Day; Sydney Taylor Notable Book We Has to Be Brave; and We Must Not Forget. Deborah lives with her family near Portland, Oregon. show less

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Works by Deborah Hopkinson

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (1993) 1,633 copies, 62 reviews
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster (2012) 747 copies, 35 reviews
Under the Quilt of Night (2002) 541 copies, 37 reviews
Sky Boys (2006) 428 copies, 38 reviews
Who Was Charles Darwin? (2005) 397 copies, 5 reviews
Maria's Comet (1999) 290 copies, 3 reviews
Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings (2003) 270 copies, 23 reviews
Birdie's Lighthouse (1997) 239 copies, 1 review
A Letter to My Teacher (2017) 209 copies, 8 reviews
A Boy Called Dickens (2012) 196 copies, 19 reviews
Carter Reads the Newspaper (2019) 133 copies, 11 reviews
Steamboat School (2016) 128 copies, 12 reviews
Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story (2013) 122 copies, 24 reviews
Annie and Helen (2012) 111 copies, 21 reviews
A Packet of Seeds (2004) 103 copies, 9 reviews
Stagecoach Sal (2009) 93 copies, 9 reviews
Saving Strawberry Farm (2005) 92 copies, 20 reviews
Sailing for Gold (2004) 74 copies, 2 reviews
Pioneer Summer (2002) 64 copies
Michelle (1839) 61 copies, 25 reviews
Cabin in the Snow (2002) 61 copies, 1 review
Sweet Land of Liberty (2007) 61 copies, 4 reviews
Where Is the Kremlin? (2019) 60 copies
Bluebird Summer (2001) 60 copies, 2 reviews
The Humblebee Hunter (2010) 57 copies, 3 reviews
The Deadliest Diseases Then and Now (2021) 51 copies, 1 review
Mindful Day (2020) 39 copies
First Family (2009) 32 copies, 9 reviews
Under the Bodhi Tree: A Story of the Buddha (2018) 29 copies, 2 reviews
The Deadliest Hurricanes Then and Now (2022) 29 copies, 1 review
The Story of a Story (2021) 28 copies, 1 review
Our Kansas Home (2003) 26 copies
Cinderella and a Mouse Called Fred (2023) 18 copies, 3 reviews
Only One (2022) 18 copies
Adventure in Gold Town (2004) 14 copies
The Plot to Kill a Queen (2023) 13 copies, 1 review
Trim Sets Sail (Adventures of Trim) (2023) 13 copies, 2 reviews
The Long Trail (2004) 12 copies
On a Summer Night (2024) 8 copies
Trim Helps Out (Adventures of Trim) (2023) 7 copies, 1 review
Pearl Harbor (1991) 5 copies

Associated Works

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All (2018) — Contributor — 331 copies, 14 reviews
Guys Read: Heroes and Villains (2017) — Contributor — 46 copies


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Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
West Linn, Oregon, USA
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A young boy witnesses his community come together to save a neighbor's farm in this work of picture book historical fiction, set in the American Midwest during the hot summer of 1933. When Miss Elsie's strawberry farm is threatened with foreclosure, because she can no longer make her payments to the bank, the people in Davey's small town decide to hold a penny auction, keeping the price low enough that she can afford to buy it again. Davey, who for his part had been thinking of spending the penny he earned at the general store while carrying Miss Elsie's bags, uses the special coin to launch the auction...

I originally sought out Saving Strawberry Farm because I found it on a list of picture books about the Fourth of July, which just recently passed. As it happens, although the story is set around the holiday, and although Davey's family plans at one point to hold a Fourth of July picnic, the book is not really concerned with this topic, and is more about the ravages of the Great Depression on a midwestern farming community. I found the story here engaging, and thought it was interesting to see a picture book about a penny auction. That said, I didn't find myself as emotionally involved as I expected to be, and I'm not sure why. This is the fifth picture book I have read from author Deborah Hopkinson, and with the exception of her A Letter To My Teacher, I find that I enjoy her work, but that it doesn't make a deep impression on me. I have similar feelings about illustrator Rachel Isadora, whose work I have encountered in a number of picture books. With the exception of her illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, I have found her work pleasant, but not especially memorable. Tastes vary of course, so other readers and listeners may have stronger positive reactions. I'd recommend this one to picture book audiences that enjoy historical fiction, and to anyone seeking children's stories about the Great Depression.
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AbigailAdams26 | 19 other reviews | Jul 10, 2024 |
Young Marcia Shaw is growing up in a wealthy family in 19th century America - and she thinks she's talented at everything. She’s always wanting to bestow her gifts on her family. When Fannie Farmer comes to work for her family, Marcia is at first jealous of Fannie’s cooking skills. That is, until Fannie develops a cookbook with written instructions that Marcia uses to make really good food. Charmingly illustrated to depict 19th century life and inspired by the real Fannie Farmer, who is sometimes considered the inventor of the modern recipe.… (more)
KristenRoper | 7 other reviews | Jun 18, 2024 |
Lovely illustrations, which is why I purchased the book. It also has a nice story about the bravery and tenacity of a young teen girl who was determined to find her way to freedom.
MrsLee | 61 other reviews | Jun 11, 2024 |
Gr 4–6—Hopkinson's gripping narrative of the rescue of World War II prisoners from Cabanatuan Camp in the
Philippines is beautifully told through individual stories. Amply illustrated with maps and photos, and with extensive
source notes, this is a high-interest read and a superb resource.
BackstoryBooks | 1 other review | Apr 1, 2024 |



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