Local Award-winning Author, Deborah Hopkinson,
Winner of Two Oregon Spirit Book Awards

Books Named Winners in Picture Book and Middle Readers Categories

Portland, Ore.—June 17, 2014—Local author Deborah Hopkinson, received notification that her book Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story has been named the Winner in the Picture Books category of the Oregon Spirit Book Award for 2013 by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE).  Hopkinson’s book The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, The Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel has been named Winner of the Middle Reader category for 2013 by OCTE.  Award presentation will be made at the OCTE Fall Conference in Wilsonville on October 4, 2014.

“It is such an honor to have my work recognized by OCTE,” said Hopkinson.  “Congratulations to the other winners and nominees.”  “I look forward to sharing my books with students in schools throughout the state,” Hopkinson added.  “Young readers are fascinated by history and I love being able to share my processes of research and writing with them.”

About the Author – Deborah Hopkinson
DEBORAH HOPKINSON has written more than 40 books for young readers. She is the author of the middle-grade novel Into the Firestorm: A Novel of San Francisco, 1906, featured in Oregon Battle of the Books 2013-14, Knit Your Bit, finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and the 2013 Sibert Honor book Titanic: Voices from the Disaster.  Her picture books include Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book; and the ALA Notable Book Apples to Oregon. In addition to writing, Hopkinson offers elementary and middle school visits promoting family reading and nonfiction for the common core.  For more information or to schedule a visit, check http://www.deborahhopkinson.com/, or contact Michele Kophs, Event Coordinator at 360.597.3432.


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