Jennifer Armstrong is the author of numerous award-winning picture books, both historical fiction and nonfiction. Two of her picture books, "Hugh Can Do" and "Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat, " are ALA Notable Books. Her first novel "Steal Away, " was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Book, and a Golden Kite Honor Book, and her novel, "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan" is a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book. In 1999 her nonfiction account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 1914 voyage, "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance, " was awa
Opdyke was a young woman during WWII. She was forced to work for the German Army, and in this capacity she helped the Jews. For her actions the Israeli Holocaust Commission named her one of the Righteous Among the Nations. She was presented with the Israel Medal of Honor.