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Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and eleven NY Times Bestselling young adult novels-in-verse, as well as two novels for adults. Her twelfth YA novel and third adult novel will publish in 2015. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing. Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a board member for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a regular speaker at schools, book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world. She has also established Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit organization helping youth-in-need into safe housing and pursuing career goals through higher education and the arts.


Employment:
2002-2003 Instructor, Institute of Children’s literature;
interim artistic director, BAC Stage Kids,
freelance writer; author; poet
2000-2002 Editor, Northern Nevada Family Magazine,
freelancer, author, poet
1996-1998 Novelist, scriptwriter, freelance writer and poet
1992-1996 Reporter and editor for the Tahoe Truckee Reader
1986-1992 Freelance journalist, short story author and poet
1980-1985 Owner, Valley Video


Education:
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School
Crafton Hills College, UCSB


Writers Groups:
1995-1997 WNCC Lone Mountain Writers Group
1997-1999 Breakaway Writers Group
1998-present (SCBWI);
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
currently serves as the co-regional adviser for
the Nevada chapter
1999-present Unnamed Writers; served on the board, 2005
2001-2002 Chairman of the board, New Writers of
the Purple Sage
2002-present Ash Canyon Poets


Awards:

2001 SCBWI Charlotte’s Web Award for outstanding
contributions to children’s literature by a new author.
2001 Sierra Arts Foundation professional artist award.
2004 Sierra Arts Foundation professional artist award.
2006 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award
2009 Nevada Governor’s Arts Award

By Books:
Crank
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Abraham Lincoln Book Award Master List (IL)
Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List (NY)
Gateway Readers Award Nominee (MO)
Green Mountain Book Award Master List (VT)
IRA Young Adults’ Choices
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
NYPL Best Books for Teens
PSLA Fiction List
Pennsylvania School Librarian Association (PSLA) “Top Ten (Or So)” Young Adult Books
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
SSLI Book Award Honor Book
Soaring Eagle Book Award (WY)
YALSA Teens Top Ten (TTT) Nominee

Burned
ALA Best Books for Young Adults Nominee
Texas Tayshas High School Reading List

Impulse
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Georgia Peach Book Award Master List
Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Soaring Eagle Book Award Master List (WY)
Glass
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
ALA Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Sequoyah Children’s Master List (OK)
The Flume: New Hampshire Teen Reader’s Choice Award Nominee

Identical
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
ALA/YALSA Teens’ Top Ten List
NYPL Best Books for Teens
Pacific Northwest Young Reader’s Choice Award Master List

Tricks
ALA Rainbow List Selection
Joan F. Kaywell Book Award – Honoree (FL)
NYPL Best Books for Teens

Fallout
Texas Tayshas High School Reading List

Perfect
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
ALA Rainbow List Selection
ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults – Nominee
IRA Young Adults’ Choices
Joan F. Kaywell Book Award – Honoree (FL)

Tilt
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
IRA Young Adults’ Choices
Joan F. Kaywell Book Award – Honoree (Fl)

Smoke
Blue Spruce YA Book Award Nominee (CO)
CBC Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist
IRA Young Adults’ Choices
Joan F. Kaywell Book Award – Honoree (FL)
MSTA Reading Circle List

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