DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Thursday, September 6 (Ellen will visit two schools; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please indicate your day and time preference.)
A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: This is one of the only books that addresses, head-on, gun proliferation and easy access to firearms in the United States, a topic kids see on the news and deal with on a daily basis.
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: People Kill People
Someone will shoot. And someone will die. #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel. Guns just make it easier. A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression? One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?
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
40-minute PowerPoint presentation about Ellen's path to becoming a bestselling author, from childhood, 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.
Computer/laptop with PowerPoint and spot for flash drive, projector, projector screen, microphone if the room is large.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.)
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees.
ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Ellen's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-ellen-hopkins Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.