Search Results: "Ellen Hopkins"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"With Hopkins almost as hot as his demons, there will be attention paid."
Writing his biography without the cooperation of Hopkins (now Sir Anthony), Callan (Julie Christie, 1985, etc.) leans heavily on the existing journalistic corpus for his chronicle of the bedeviled, Welsh actor, nominated this year for his second Academy Award. Read full book review >

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SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 13-17)"
Two sisters wrestle with guilt and fear after one kills the father who battered them. Read full book review >

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PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"This page-turner pulls no emotional punches; readers should find Impulse (2007) first, because this is a sequel at heart, and knowing the prior work in advance adds crucial layers of meaning. (author's note) (Fiction. 13-17)"
While not razor-edged like her previous work, Hopkins' portrait of four 12th-graders who are expected to be perfect will nonetheless keep teens up all night reading. Read full book review >

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FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"This loosely reality-based conclusion (Hopkins's daughter is the real 'Kristina,' but her actual kids are much younger) will heartily satisfy series fans despite gratuitous emphasis on the bestseller-driven fame of the author's fictionalized alter ego. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)"
Crank (2004) and Glass (2007) readers will relish this look at Kristina's three oldest children, now teenagers, all conceived in the chaos of crystal-meth addiction. Read full book review >

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GLASS by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"Hypnotically sad, with a realistic lack of closure. (Fiction. YA)"
Kristina continues to dance with the monster of crystal methamphetamine, her fragmented emotions and cloudy denial displayed keenly by Hopkins's shards of free verse. Read full book review >

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ELLEN TEBBITS by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1951

"An eraser clapping session, however, patches the quarrel."
It seems obvious from this entrancing successor to Henry Huggins that the author is as well acquainted with the whisperings, weeps and whoops of third grade distaff side as she is with the ways of young men like Henry. Read full book review >

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TRIANGLES by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The sins of the mothers—and their friends—come to visit the daughters in this overblown weepy."
Sex, motherhood and relationships bring three friends together and tear them apart in a melodrama told entirely in verse. Read full book review >

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THE YOU I'VE NEVER KNOWN by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A page-turning exploration of independence, powerlessness, and secrets, with groundbreaking representation of bisexuality and queerness. (Verse fiction. 14 & up)"
One teen yearns for roots while another will do anything for a fresh start. Read full book review >

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TRICKS by Ellen Hopkins
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Graphic sex, rape, drugs, bitter loneliness, despair—and eventually, blessedly, glimmers of hope. (Fiction. YA)"
Hopkins sharply portrays extreme adolescent turbulence with her biggest cast yet, as five disparate, desperate teens are sucked into the Las Vegas world of selling sex. Read full book review >

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IDENTICAL by Ellen Hopkins
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Sharp and stunning, with a brilliant final page. (Fiction. YA)"
Hopkins's gift with free verse reaches new heights in this portrait of splintered identical twins. Read full book review >

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IMPULSE by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"A fast, jagged, hypnotic read. (Fiction. YA)"
In sharp, searing free verse divided into two-page chapters, Hopkins sketches three adolescents who have just attempted suicide. Read full book review >