Author, Deborah Hopkinson and Illustrator, Carson Ellis Launch New Children’s Book, Stagecoach Sal

Stagecoach Sal Received a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly
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Sept. 9, 2009 - PRLog -- Author Deborah Hopkinson and Illustrator Carson Ellis are celebrating the launch of their new children’s book, Stagecoach Sal, at area bookstores.  The book received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly in August 2009.  “Ellis’s artwork forms an unexpected but effective counterpoint to Hopkinson’s rambunctious prose,” Publisher’s Weekly, August 10, 2009.

The idea for Stagecoach Sal came to Hopkinson during a visit to the Wells Fargo Foundation in Portland.  She was intrigued by a lobby display on stagecoach history featuring the story of 14-year old stagecoach driver Delia Hackett Rawson.  Adding to the Northwest connection, Carson Ellis, who lives in Portland, illustrated Stagecoach Sal.

Meet Deborah Hopkinson and Carson Ellis:
•  A Children’s Place Bookstore
4807 NE Fremont St.
Portland, OR 97213
Reading and signing
Oct. 10, 2009 – 11:00am   

•  Barnes and Noble, Vancouver Plaza
7700 NE 4th Plain Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98662
Educator Night
Reading and signing - Hopkinson
Oct. 13, 2009 – 4:00pm

The public is invited to attend these free, family friendly events.  “I love getting kids excited about history.  This is an especially fun story of an inspirational, young woman in early America,” said Hopkinson.  “Carson’s illustrations flawlessly capture the time period and historic tale.”

About Stagecoach Sal
ISBN 1423111494, Publisher:  Hyperion Books
Sal sure can sing. But she can also catch a fish with her bare hands, ride a wild bronco, and drive a stagecoach.  And she's nobody's fool. When Sal makes her first stagecoach journey alone to deliver the mail for her sick pa, her ma is nervous. But the wild frontier is no match for Sal, and neither is Poetic Pete, the wiliest stagecoach robber in the West.

About the Author – Deborah Hopkinson
A three-time Oregon Book Award finalist, Deborah lives in West Linn.  Her book, Apples to Oregon, won the Golden Kite Award and was also an ALA Notable selection as well as a feature selection of Oregon Reads, in honor of Oregon’s 150th celebration in 2009.  Apples to Oregon and a middle grade novel, Into the Firestorm, A Novel of San Francisco, 1906, were on the Oregon Battle of the Books list in 2008-09.  Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek received three starred reviews and was an ALA Notable book and winner of the Comstock Read Aloud Award.  Deborah will represent Oregon at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. in September.  Her new book Michelle, will be released in September.

Hopkinson received a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Massachusetts and holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A frequent presenter at conferences and schools, Hopkinson serves as Vice President for College Advancement for the Pacific Northwest College of Art.   She will be on blog tour November 1-7, 2009.  For more information or to schedule an interview, email

About the Illustrator – Carson Ellis
Carson Ellis was born in Vancouver. B.C.  She was raised in suburban New York and received her painting degree from the University of Montana.  She is the illustrator of many books, including NYT bestsellers The Composer Is Dead (Lemony Snicket) and The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart).  In addition to book illustration she does artwork and art direction for the band, The Decemberists.  Ellis lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Colin, and son, Hank.  Illustrating Stagecoach Sal was a lot of fun.   She has always been a fan of wild West lore and Apples To Oregon is a favorite book in her family so she jumped at the chance to work with Hopkinson.  Ellis is currently illustrating Dillweed’s Revenge by Florence Parrie Heide.  

For more information, check, or contact Michele Kophs, Event Coordinator at 360.597.3432.
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