Visiting Author for Schools: Ellen Hopkins
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Monday, January 23, 2017 (Ellen will visit two schools; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.)
WHY HOST ELLEN?
Ellen Hopkins—who has been called “the bestselling living poet in the country” by mediabistro.com—has over four million books in print, many reaching #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Garnering critical review attention, Hopkin’s award-winning novels are well known for her no-holds-barred approach to tackling tough issues facing today’s teens.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The You I've Never Known
How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins. 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, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire. Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined. Ariel and Maya’s lives collide unexpectedly when Ariel’s mother shows up out of the blue with wild accusations: Ariel wasn’t abandoned. Her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago. What is Ariel supposed to believe? Is it possible Dad’s woven her entire history into a tapestry of lies? How can she choose between the mother she’s been taught to mistrust and the father who has taken care of her all these years? In bestselling author Ellen Hopkins’s deft hands, Ariel’s emotionally charged journey to find out the truth of who she really is balances beautifully with Maya’s story of loss and redemption. This is a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves—for both the last and the very first time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve young adult novels (soon to be 13!), including Crank, Glass and Rumble, as well as adult novels. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a non-profit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at www.EllenHopkins.com and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit. Read more about Ellen here. Get to know Ellen in this video.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Ellen has a 40-minute PowerPoint presentation where she discusses her path to becoming a bestselling author, her childhood and teen years--all the way up to now.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
High school; grades 9-12.
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
A large, assemby-type audience. 150+ kids, or more.
Ellen has PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive that she brings with her. So, she'll need a computer (that has PowerPoint on it), projector, projector screen and a microphone. And, a bottle of water.
PREPARING FOR ELLEN'S VISIT
Ellen has some informative and helpful info for teachers to help prepare the students in advance of her visit to your school. Check it out here. Plus, here are some links to books trailers -- visiuals are always fun to help get the students excited about her visit! And, this link takes you to reading group guides for all of Ellen's books. (Scroll down to the "Reading Group Guide" section.)