Interview with Author Deborah Hopkinson
What is your favorite thing about school visits?
My favorite thing about school visits is getting students excited about history. Recently I was in schools in Kentucky and Washington state. But no matter where I am, I love hearing the gasps of amazement as students see photographs of workers building the Empire State Building (Sky Boys). And you can hear a pin drop in a gym with more than two hundred fifth and sixth graders as they puzzle out how Dr. John Snow solved the mystery of the source of the 1854 cholera epidemic in London (The Great Trouble). History can be exciting!
When are you most creative?
I am usually most creative in the mornings, but sometimes, after working all day, I will take a walk in a wooded park near Portland, Oregon, and find ideas or solutions to tricky problems of storytelling or plotting pop into my mind.
What book are you currently reading?
Right now I am reading the work of adult espionage writer Alan Furst, whose books set in pre-World War II Europe are wonderfully atmospheric. I’m about to start a new book on WWII myself so this helps me get in the mood.
Lots of students are gearing up for spring break, do you have any book recommendations?
I’ve been asking students at school visits to challenge themselves to read different genres this spring. If they love fantasy, try nonfiction; if they’re a fan of realistic fiction, pick up a work of science fiction. And, of course, I hope they will want to read my new middle grade novel, A Bandit’s Tale, The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket
, available April 5.
DEBORAH HOPKINSON is the award-winning author of many books for children. Her most recent picture book is Beatrix Potter and the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig, published in honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. This spring she will also publish a book about young activists and sea turtles entitled Follow the Moon Home, co-authored with Philippe Cousteau. Her novels Into the Firestorm and The Great Trouble have been featured as Oregon Battle of the Books selections. In 2013, her nonfiction title Titanic: Voices from the Disaster was a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. Visit her online at DeborahHopkinson.com and follow her on Twitter at @Deborahopkinson.
Watch for her upcoming #BanditBlogTour! Contact us to schedule a school visit!