I believe strongly in the freedom to read and appreciate the brave and empathic work of Ellen Hopkins, an author who often finds her work challenged or banned in schools and libraries. In recognition of Banned Books Week, I am offering a giveaway of two of her verse novels for teens.
Hopkins’s first verse novel for teens, Crank, though published in 2004, found its way onto the ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List for 2010. This was the year that Fallout, the final book in the Crank trilogy, was released and the same year that she was disinvited from the Teen Lit Fest held in Humble, Texas.
Life was good
for a little while.
Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.
Then, Kristina meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul—her life.
Hopkins’s latest verse novel for young adults, Rumble, was just released in August and so far (knock on wood) I haven’t heard any news of book challenges or bans for this particular title.
Matthew Turner knows it doesn’t get better.
His younger brother Luke was bullied mercilessly after one of Matt’s friends outed Luke to the whole school, and when Luke called Matt—on the brink of suicide—Matt was too wrapped up in his new girlfriend to answer the phone. Now Luke is gone, and Matt’s family is falling apart.
No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting those he blames off the hook—including himself. As Matt spirals further into bitterness, he risks losing Hayden, the love of his life. But when her father begins to pressure the school board into banning books because of their homosexual content, he begins to wonder if he and Hayden ever had anything in common.
I picked up a signed copy of Crank when Hopkins paid a visit to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival back in May 2014 and received a copy of Rumble from the publisher to celebrate its August 2014 release. Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win these two books! The giveaway is open to readers 14 years of age and older. US entries only please.