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Crank

(2004)
(The first book in the Crank series)
A novel by

 
 
Ellen Hopkins's semi-autobiographical verse novel, Crank, reads like a Go Ask Alice for the 21st century. In it, she chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank." Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne'er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: "there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree." Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won't, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank. Soon, her grades plummet, her relationships with family and friends deteriorate, and she needs more and more of the monster just to get through the day. Kristina hits her lowest point when she is raped by one of her drug dealers and becomes pregnant as a result. Her decision to keep the baby slows her drug use, but doesn't stop it, and the author leaves the reader with the distinct impression that Kristina/Bree may never be free from her addiction. In the author's note, Hopkins warns "nothing in this story is impossible," but when Kristina's controlled, high-powered mother allows her teenage daughter to visit her biological father (a nearly homeless known drug user), the story feels unbelievable. Still, the descriptions of crystal meth use and its consequences are powerful, and will horrify and transfix older teenage readers, just as Alice did over 20 years ago. --Jennifer Hubert

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

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Hardback Editions

August 2013 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 0-606-35118-3 / 978-0-606-35118-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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June 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 1-4169-9513-7 / 978-1-4169-9513-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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January 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 1-4352-1742-X / 978-1-4352-1742-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-01-03
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October 2004 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Crank (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 1-4176-9466-1 / 978-1-4176-9466-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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January 2001 : USA Library Binding

Title: Crank
Author(s): E Hopkins
ISBN: 1-4176-3232-1 / 978-1-4176-3232-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
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Paperback Editions

September 2013 : Paperback
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Title: [(Crank )] [Author: Ellen Hopkins] [Sep-2013]
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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August 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 1-4424-7181-6 / 978-1-4424-7181-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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February 2008 : Paperback
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Title: [(Crank)] [Author: Ellen Hopkins] published on (February, 2008)
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 1-84738-258-4 / 978-1-84738-258-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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October 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 0-689-86519-8 / 978-0-689-86519-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Audio Editions

August 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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August 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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August 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
ISBN: 1-59887-752-6 / 978-1-59887-752-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK
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June 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Crank
Author(s): Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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