Apples to Organ Deborah Hopkinson
2004 Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Oregon State University Foundation
850 Southwest 35th St.
Corvallis, OR 9733
phone 509 301-1826
Deborah Hopkinson has been an award winning author since her first picture
book, SWEET CLARA AND THE FREEDOM QUILT , won the 1994 International
Reading Association Award.
Deborah was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. She had a bachelor's degree in English
from the University of Massachusetts and a master's in Asian Studies from the University
of Hawaii. In addition to writing, Deborah works full-time as the Director of Foundation
Relations at Oregon State University Foundation.
She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night.
She lives in Oregon.
IUPUI Center for Young Children
An award-winning writer for children, Deborah Hopkinson introduces young readers to
interesting personalities from the past, as well as shedding light on the many ways living
and workplace standards have improved and allowing younger readers to more fully
appreciate the advances in technology that have made everyday life relatively easy and
comfortable. From creating a uniform system of measurements that would allow recipes
to be universally shared in Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of
How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements to illustrating the
hardships faced by immigrants in Shutting out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New
York, 1880-1924 to the efforts of a young woman to play semi-professional baseball on a
men's team in Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings. In School Library Journal
contributor Blair Christolon praised Hopkinson for her "outstanding job of highlighting
the … drive and ambition" of seventeen-year-old Alta Weiss, the real-life