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Featured books by Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson introduces readers to people, places, and times that are both well and little known. The one thing her stories — real, imagined and sometimes both — have in common is that are sure to entertain, engage, and inspire as they hold truths for contemporary readers.

A Band of Angels

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: Raul Colón
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ella Sheppard was one of the original Jubilee Singers from what is now known as Fisk University. This is a touching story, told by Ella’s great-great-granddaughter, accompanied by gentle, poignant illustrations.

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: John Hendrix
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Drama abounds in what might have happened if Austin Gollaher had not pulled the young Abraham Lincoln from a swollen Kentucky creek that day in 1816. This engaging tale was inspired and expanded from a real event noted by the author.

Annie and Helen

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: Raul Colón
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Anne Sullivan arrived at the Keller home in 1887, writing letters to a friend about how she worked with a deaf and blind girl named Helen. Anne's words combine with a straightforward narration and gentle illustrations to provide deeper insight into how Helen Keller grew into a brilliant woman.

Apples to Oregon

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This richly told original tale provides a glimpse at one family's trek from Iowa to Oregon where they begin an orchard. As daughter Delicious describes it, the fruit trees get a bigger wagon than the family.

Fannie in the Kitchen

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: Nancy Farmer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Animated illustrations combine with lively text to reveal the story behind the woman whose name is synonymous with cooking. Before Fannie Farmer took to the kitchen, recipes were not as easy to follow!

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

She seemed born to pitch when growing up in a small Ohio town and pitch she did at a time when women only wore skirts or dresses. Stylized illustrations combine with the fictionalized voice of Alta Weiss to present a memorable glimpse of early baseball, one young woman's passion for the game, and a quick look at women in the sport.

Home on the Range

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: S. D. Schindler
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The folksongs of cowboys weren't always well known. In fact, it was a young man who who helped record the country's history and popularize traditional songs was inspired by a teacher. This slice of an early musicologist's life is sure to intrigue readers.

Keep On!

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: Stephen Alcorn
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Matthew Henson, the African American who accompanied Robert Peary on an expedition to the North Pole in the early 20th century, required both stamina and bravery. The man and his times are introduced here.

Maria's Comet

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: Deborah Lanino
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Maria Mitchell grew up in a big family with big dreams herself. It becomes clear in through the imagined, poetic voice of Maria Mitchell that childhood dreams can grow into reality as an adult.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

By: Deborah Hopkinson, James Ransome
Illustrated by: James Ransome
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clara is born into slavery but learns an important skill when she becomes a seamstress. Her quilting ability allows Clara to put together directions to escape north to freedom when she overhears a conversation about a route to Canada.

Under the Quilt of Night

By: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrated by: James Ransome
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

An enslaved family escapes bondage via the Underground Railroad. Tension builds as they are travel, hide, and are almost discovered in both text and darkly hued, dramatic paintings. The young narrator’s hopes soar with the brilliant sunrise.

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