I, Steve, often have students ask me why the YA class wasn't reading, author X, Y, or Z or book 1, 2, or 3. Usually I listen to their advice and if I don't know the author I do my work and check out one of his or her books. Nearly, 15 years ago, a student--okay it was the brilliant and and somewhat insistent Laci Lamoine, asked me why I hadn't included Ellen Hopkins. At that time, I was still fairly new to YA and overly reluctant to embrace the verse novel. However, Laci was not to be deterred and I was firmly informed that I was neglecting an author that adolescents love.
And, Laci was right.
I began reading and following Ellen Hopkins and she is a force. Furthermore, I have loved every chance I have had to chat with her--even that very first brief conversation on an escalator at an NCTE convention. We are thrilled to have Ellen at the summit. Have you registered yet?
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Hopkins’ newest novel-in-verse is People Kill People , a compelling and complex novel about gun violence and white supremacy and border security which extends Hopkins’ brave exploration of social issues from addiction in Crank followed by Glass and Fallout, abuse in Identical, trafficking in Traffick.