Friday, November 6, 2015
TRAFFICK (Tricks, #2)
By: Ellen Hopkins
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Five teens victimized by sex trafficking try to find their way to a new life in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Tricks from Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank.
In her bestselling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead.
And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out? How these five teenagers face the aftermath of their decisions and experiences is the soul of this story that exposes the dark, ferocious underbelly of the child trafficking trade. Heart wrenching and hopeful, Traffick takes us on five separate but intertwined journeys through the painful challenges of recovery, rehabilitation, and renewal to forgiveness and love. All the way home.
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I was so excited when it was announced that Ellen was writing a sequel to Tricks. While it's not my absolute favorite Hopkins book, it's easily in my top 3. It's so great to jump back in to these five teens' stories, essentially picking up right where things were left off in Tricks, and seeing them dealing with their experiences and their attempts to move on from them. Of course, I'm particularly interested in Seth's story the most, being a gay man as well, but each story is so compelling and enthralling that it's hard to put the book down for any length of time. And the verse format makes it even easier to just think to yourself "Just one more section.".
I don't think Hopkins really needs any extra help in selling her books. By now, everyone should know how simply fantastic her writing is and how emotionally raw yet hopeful her storytelling is. As it is, I highly recommend this sequel.
Ellen Hopkins is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and five NY Times Bestselling novels-in-verse. 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 regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children√ïs 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.
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