Teen Read Week 2018: Author Chat with Ellen Hopkins (People Kill People), Plus Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with Ellen Hopkins (People Kill People)

as part of YABC's Teen Read Week!

Read on for more about Ellen, her novel, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

 

Meet Ellen Hopkins!

Ellen Hopkins is the award-winning author of 20 nonfiction books for children, four novels for adults, and fourteen NY Times bestselling young adult novels. She lives near Carson City NV with her extended family, one brilliant German shepherd, a lazy rescue cat, and two ponds (not pounds) of koi.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Meet 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.

People kill people. 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?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

~ Interview for Teen Read Week ~

 

YABC:  What book or books were your go-to choice when you were a teen?

I was a huge horror fan, especially Stephen King and Dean Koontz, but I devoured most anything in the genre.
 
 
YABC:   What do you love most about the YA genre?
YA is all about discovery, about figuring out who you are and who you want to be. There’s a lot of personal power to that, although a lot of teens might not recognize it. Finding it in books can help them realize their personal power.
 
 
YABC:   Was there a class in high school that you wished you had paid closer attention to and why?
I was never huge on social studies in school, but now I realize the value of history as it affects the future, not to mention government. I wish I’d recognized the importance of civics education, and believe too many schools have let it fall by the wayside.
 
 
YABC:  What advice would you give teens who might want to be a writer?
The first thing is to recognize every day brings new experiences, so your writing will only grow deeper with time. The second thing is the importance of craft and developing a unique voice. The last, and probably most important thing, is to be voyeurs. Relentlessly people watch and listen in on their conversations. Learn what makes humans tick because character is everything.

 
 
 

People Kill People 

By: Ellen Hopkins

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Release Date: September 4th, 2018

 

 

 

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necole on Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:00

The cover is awesome and so unique wow, very creative. I love the synopsis … I want to know he killed who and who purchased the gun and who all the characters are as well as their stories!!!

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The cover is awesome and so unique wow, very creative. I love the synopsis … I want to know he killed who and who purchased the gun and who all the characters are as well as their stories!!!
Debra Branigan on Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:44

The cover is absolutely perfect. I am excited about the synopsis and cannot wait to read this book.

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The cover is absolutely perfect. I am excited about the synopsis and cannot wait to read this book.
Tiffany Engler on Monday, 15 October 2018 09:41

I love this cover! I can't wait to read this book!

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I love this cover! I can't wait to read this book!
M.A. Briones on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 21:26

This looks and sounds e p i c

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This looks and sounds e p i c
Marisa Fort on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 16:21

Love the cover - so creative! The synopsis sounds amazing!

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Love the cover - so creative! The synopsis sounds amazing!
Janell Goode on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 09:45

love the cover and the synopsis

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love the cover and the synopsis
Davianna Nieto on Thursday, 01 November 2018 19:14

The cover is so creative and the synopsis sounds very interesting

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The cover is so creative and the synopsis sounds very interesting:)
Colleen Burns on Saturday, 10 November 2018 09:40

I love the cover and I can't wait to read this book! It sounds so good!

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I love the cover and I can't wait to read this book! It sounds so good!
Danielle Hammelef on Sunday, 11 November 2018 10:50

The symbolism in the cover is amazing. The synopsis sounds suspenseful and nail-biting.

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The symbolism in the cover is amazing. The synopsis sounds suspenseful and nail-biting.
Penny Olson on Monday, 12 November 2018 21:58

The cover is really well done. The story sounds like something happening in the news.

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The cover is really well done. The story sounds like something happening in the news.

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