Ellen Hopkins
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Ellen Hopkins

I was adopted at birth and raised by a great, loving older couple. I grew up in Palm Springs CA, although we summered in Napa and Lake Tahoe, to avoid those 120 degree summers. After my adopted parents died, I did find my birth mother, who lives in Michigan with my half sister.

I studied journalism in college, but left school to marry, raise kids and start my own business--a video store, before the mega-chains were out there. After a divorce, I met my current husband and we moved to Tahoe to become ski bums and otherwise try to find our dreams. At that time, I went to work for a small alternative press, writing stories and eventually editing.

When we moved down the mountain to the Reno area, I started writing nonfiction books, many of which you can see here. The rest are viewable on my personal website. I also continued to freelance articles for newspapers and magazines.

All that has changed, with the publication of my novel, CRANK, which has led to a valued career writing YA novels in verse, all of which explore the more difficult situations young adults often find themselves in. Will I ever write one in prose? No doubt! But, for the moment, writing novels in verse fulfills two needs: writing poetry and writing fiction. The combination is so interesting!

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    • Crank

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 581
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 483
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 479

    Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But then she meets a boy who introduces her to crank....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good just not for kids

    • By Cindy Brown on 10-21-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Impulse

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Steve Coombs
    • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    Three teens who have attempted suicide meet in a psychiatric hospital, battle their demons, and begin to heal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everything to want in a book❤️

    • By Jazmine on 07-04-15

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Glass

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 211
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Wonderful followup to "Crank"

    • By Gerald W. Riley on 10-19-09

    Regular price: $18.86

    • Traffick

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Madeleine Maby, Rebekkah Ross, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141

    Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times best-selling Tricks....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Lovely

    • By Taylor on 02-03-16

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Burned

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    Raised in a stern, abusive Mormon household, a teenage girl starts to question her religion and struggles to find her destiny....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • addictive

    • By Jason Padgett on 04-29-17

    Regular price: $18.86

    • Triangles

    • A Novel
    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Jan Maxwell, Michele Pawk
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 119
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book, terrible narrator

    • By L on 11-27-11

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Perfect

    • By: Ellen Hopkins, Christina Wildson
    • Narrated by: Aya Cash, Heather Lind, Aaron Tveit, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Omg

    • By Remi Rosado III on 01-29-16

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Smoke

    • Burned, Book 2
    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, January LaVoy
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109

    Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to the New York Times best-selling Burned....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The poorest narration to date

    • By stephanie on 09-17-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Collateral

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Collateral centers on Ashley, an MFA student at San Diego State University. She grew up reading books and never dreamed she would become a military wife....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book - Awful Narrator

    • By L on 06-11-14

    Regular price: $22.63

    • The You I've Never Known

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Rebekkah Ross, Kirby Heyborne
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    For as long as she can remember, it's been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel's mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A+++

    • By Gabbie on 07-08-17

    Regular price: $17.00

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