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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Ellen Hopkins (1955 - )

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Hopkins began her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written 20 such nonfiction books.

Hopkins had a daughter who became addicted to crystal meth, or "crank." In 2002, her struggle inspired Hopkins to begin writing her debut novel, Crank, meant to express the horrible influences of drug abuse and addiction. Hopkins has since published several verse novels on teenage struggles, including Burned, Impulse, Identical, Glass, and Tricks. Glass is the sequel to Crank. Identical came out on August 26, 2008, and Tricks, about teen prostitution, on August 25, 2009. Hopkins has also announced that she is working on a third Crank novel, titled Fallout, due out in August 2010. Another book due out in 2011 will be called Perfect.

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