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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Best Sellers

    • Crank

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 590
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 491
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 487

    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

    • Identical

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 239
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 239

    Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins. Everything on the surface seems fine, but underneath run very deep and damaging secrets....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing!!!!

    • By Brandi on 01-19-11

    Regular price: $18.87

    • 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 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140

    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

    • Tricks

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 161

    Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story, a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding and Scary

    • By Gerald W. Riley on 10-19-09

    Regular price: $22.02

    • 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 93
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77

    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

    • Fallout

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Rebekkah Ross, Jonathan Todd Ross, and others
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    Hunter, Autumn, and Summer - three of Kristina Snow's five children - live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yessssssss!!

    • 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 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120

    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

    • Glass

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176

    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

    • Tilt

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Madeleine Maby, Rebekkahj Ross
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Three teens, three stories - all interconnected through their parents' family relationships....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love this book<br />

    • By kourage on 06-07-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • 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 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 145

    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

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