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 607
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 504
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 500

    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

    • Glass

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    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

    • 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 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    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

    • Identical

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 245
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 245

    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

    • 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 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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

    • 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 197
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 165

    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

    • Burned

    • By: Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    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

    • 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 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I like it

    • By K. E. on 04-13-18

    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 164
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • its a series, so be consistent

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-18-18

    Regular price: $17.00

    • Perfect

    • By: Ellen Hopkins, Christina Wildson
    • Narrated by: Aya Cash, Heather Lind, Aaron Tveit, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133

    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

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