Cover image for Smoke / Ellen Hopkins.
Smoke / Ellen Hopkins.
First Margaret K. McElderry Books paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015.

Physical Description:
543 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Sequel to: Burned.


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Pattyn's father is dead. Now she's on the run in this riveting companion to New York Times bestseller Burned , which Kirkus Reviews calls "a strong, painful, and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair."

Pattyn Von Stratten's father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened that fatal night, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Her father might be finally gone, but without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated.

Alone and in disguise, Pattyn starts a new life as a migrant worker on a California ranch. But is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you've known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?

Bestselling author Ellen Hopkins continues the riveting story of Pattyn Von Stratten she began in Burned to explore what it takes to rise from the ashes, put ghosts to rest, and step into a future.

Author Notes

Ellen Hopkins was born in Long Beach, California on March 26, 1955. She started her writing career with a number of nonfiction books for children, including Air Devils and Orcas: High Seas Supermen. She has written about 20 non-fiction books. Her first novel, Crank, was written in verse and met with critical acclaim. Her other fiction works include Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Collateral, Smoke and Traffick, which made the New York Times Best-Seller list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this sequel to Hopkins's Burned, the story of Pattyn Von Stratten continues as she struggles to start anew after the deaths of her abusive father; her lover, Ethan; and their unborn child. On the run, Pattyn winds up in California and takes work on a ranch as she works to overcome her isolation and rebuild her life. Hopkins's novel comes to life here thanks to the team of LaVoy and Thaxton. Each narrator ably captures the essence of the book, infusing the prose with emotion and providing unique and appropriate voices for the characters. A Margaret K. McElderry hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Fear and guilt drive sisters Pattyn and Jackie to keep silent about the violence and rape they experienced in Burned. Only when new threats emerge and the girls begin to fear for others do they speak up. Even when apart, the dueling sets of first-person poems sustain the dialogue between the sisters. Per usual, Hopkins lards her plot with extreme characters and melodrama. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Smoke Pattyn Scarlet Von Stratten Some Things You can't take back, no matter how much you wish you could. No matter how hard you pray to some all-powerful miracle maker. Some supposed God of Love. One you struggle to believe exists, because if he did, things wouldn't be so out of control, and you wouldn't be sucked dry of love and left to be crushed like old brittle bones that are easily ground into dust. Hindsight is useless when looking back over your shoulder at deeds irreversible. Excerpted from Smoke by Ellen Hopkins All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.