The Resource Smoke, Ellen Hopkins

Smoke, Ellen Hopkins

Label
Smoke
Title
Smoke
Statement of responsibility
Ellen Hopkins
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After the death of her abusive father and loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn runs away, desperately seeking peace, as her younger sister, a sophomore in high school, also tries to put the pieces of her life back together
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Review
  • Grades 9-12 In her poetic sequel to Burned (2006), Hopkins pays homage to the old adage “The truth shall set you free.” In haunting memories, Pattyn and younger sister Jackie return to the horrifying scene of their father’s murder: Caleb’s rape of Jackie, their father’s discovery of the crime and his brutal beating of his violated daughter, and Pattyn’s gunpoint threat. Now Pattyn is on the run, disguised as a California migrant farm worker, while Jackie is a pariah in church, at school, and in her mother’s eyes. Hopkins’ riveting story line is full of the perpetual premonition of danger, and the simple free-verse format belies the complexity of both plot and craft. The poems are sparse, each word and phrase carefully chosen, each line and stanza designed to convey both girls’ desperation and resilience. Each sees herself as damaged and unlovable; each harbors guilt and hate for the father who physically beat her and the mother who emotionally betrayed her. Hopkins also tackles issues of immigration, homosexuality, bullying, Mormon extremism, and America’s shadowy antigovernment militia, making for a compelling and thought-provoking read. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Hopkins is a number-one New York Times best-selling author, and her fan base is huge, huge, huge. -- Bradburn, Frances (Reviewed 07-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 21, p70)
  • Gr 9 Up — Readers last left Pattyn in Burned (S & S, 2006), where she was mourning the loss of her love, Ethan, and their unborn baby. Smoke starts with a bang-literally. Pattyn walks in on her father beating her sister Jackie (whom he'd interrupted mid-rape by a boy from their LDS church). When he won't stop attacking her, Pattyn presumably shoots him dead, though only Jackie and Pattyn know the truth. Clearly this is not light fare. The book, told in the author's signature verse, alternates between the girls' voices. The narrative follows Pattyn as she befriends an immigrant family and anonymously seeks refuge as a housekeeper for a family with looming problems of its own. Jackie, the one left behind, must deal with their six siblings, a weak-willed mother, and the fallout from their father's death. Hopkins's popular novels are typically a chorus of downward spirals, and, at times, character development can get lost in the cacophony. Perhaps because Smoke focuses finely on only two voices, it doesn't suffer such a fate. Pattyn and Jackie are given the time and space for full-bodied development. Both have overcome (and are still living in) horrific circumstances, but neither is a victim. They are strong, sympathetic characters for whom readers will root as new love sweetly weaves its way back into their lives. Though some will likely take issue with the extremist portrayal of the Mormon church, Hopkins's fans should and will clamor for this sequel. While certainly enhanced when read in conjunction with Burned , Smoke can more than stand on its own.—Jill Heritage Maza, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ --Jill Heritage Maza (Reviewed September 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 9, p158)
  • Two sisters wrestle with guilt and fear after one kills the father who battered them. Readers last saw 17-year-old Pattyn at the cliffhanger ending of Burned (2006), immediately after her beloved boyfriend and their unborn baby were killed in a car wreck. Stunned with grief and fury, and with nothing left to lose, Pattyn vowed to shoot her long-abusive father, whom she blamed for the accident. This much-desired sequel begins two weeks later--and Dad's dead. Escaping town, Pattyn meets a warm, welcoming family of mostly undocumented farm laborers. They find her a ranch job, where she hides from law enforcement. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Jackie is stuck at home, narrating her own half of the story. Through free-verse poems thick with the weight of trauma, the shooting's details emerge. A schoolmate raped Jackie; blaming Jackie, Dad broke her ribs and loosened her teeth; Pattyn's gun stopped Dad forever. Now Pattyn faces "blood-caked nightmares," while Jackie fights a mother and two LDS church leaders who insist she forget her rape. Waiting for the past to "tackle [them] from behind," both girls struggle toward fragile new connections and inner strength. The lives of undocumented Americans, a renegade hate movement and a wild horse wary of trust are all organic to the plot. A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 13-17)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10216775
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hopkins, Ellen
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grief
  • Emotional problems of teenagers
  • Sisters
  • Runaway teenagers
  • Mormons
  • Young adult fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Smoke, Ellen Hopkins
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
542 p.
Isbn
9781416983286
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781416983286
Label
Smoke, Ellen Hopkins
Publication
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
542 p.
Isbn
9781416983286
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781416983286

Library Locations

  • Broadbeach LibraryBorrow it
    61 Sunshine Boulevard, Mermaid Waters, QLD, 4218, AU
    -28.035507 153.424153
  • Burleigh Heads LibraryBorrow it
    Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220, AU
    -28.090304 153.452264
  • Burleigh Waters LibraryBorrow it
    Corner Christine Avenue and Galeen Drive, Burleigh Waters, QLD, 4220, AU
    -28.081169 153.432148
  • Coolangatta LibraryBorrow it
    Level 1, The Strand, Corner Marine Parade and Dutton Street, Coolangatta, QLD, 4225, AU
    -28.166856 153.537057
  • Elanora LibraryBorrow it
    The Pines Shopping Centre, Guineas Creek Road, Elanora, QLD, 4221, AU
    -28.135667 153.469567
  • Helensvale LibraryBorrow it
    Helensvale Plaza, Corner Lindfield Road and Sir John Overall Drive, Helensvale, QLD, 4212, AU
    -27.922595 153.3341
  • Local Studies LibraryBorrow it
    Corner Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport, QLD, 4215, AU
    -27.970549 153.412387
  • Mobile LibraryBorrow it
    Gold Coast, QLD, AU
  • Nerang LibraryBorrow it
    Corner White and Price Streets, Nerang, QLD, 4211, AU
    -27.991463 153.335174
  • Palm Beach Community Lounge and LibraryBorrow it
    Eleventh Avenue, Palm Beach, QLD, 4221, AU
    -28.117206 153.467597
  • Robina LibraryBorrow it
    196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina, QLD, 4226, AU
    -28.076691 153.38214
  • Runaway Bay LibraryBorrow it
    Lae Drive, Runaway Bay, QLD, 4216, AU
    -27.91145 153.399086
  • Southport LibraryBorrow it
    Corner Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport, QLD, 4215, AU
    -27.970549 153.412387
  • Upper Coomera LibraryBorrow it
    Corner Reserve and Abraham Roads, Upper Coomera, QLD, 4209, AU
    -27.869062 153.304254
Processing Feedback ...