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Read more by Ellen Hopkins: A new heartbreakingly tender middle grade novel-in-verse about the bonds between two brothers and the love they share. Told in verse from the alternating perspectives, this is a story of two cousins who are more alike than they realize and the family they both want to save.

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Praise for Closer to Nowhere:
A 2021 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
A 2021 NCTE Notable Novel in Verse
An Amazon Best Book of the Month


★ “Readers will root for these realistic characters, and will cheer for the growth they experience. Highly recommended.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Hopkins’ use of free verse provides a canvas for sure-handed, brush-stroke development of the backstory and plot and emotional investment and identification with the characters. . . Compassionate and compelling.” —Kirkus Reviews

“There’s a new crowd of Ellen Hopkins fans on the horizon! Hopkins tackles tough subjects with honesty and compassion, woven in brilliant verse as always, now in a novel for younger readers. This beautifully written book about the strength of family shows us that even someone who doesn’t feel at home anywhere can find a place to belong.” —Lynne Kelly, author of the Schneider Family Book Award–winning Song for a Whale

“Hopkins uses her familiar verse to take readers on an emotional rollercoaster. . . The author’s note about her own family experiences with addiction and behavioral challenges is almost as poignant as the text, and the quick pace makes it easy to devour, enticing fans to check out the rest of Hopkins’ oeuvre.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Hopkins creates realistic portrayals of two kids trying to do their best even when it’s not easy.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of the biggest challenges a middle-grade author faces is the middle-grade reader. This is the age when childhood and young adulthood so violently clash within you, even YOU aren’t sure how to find your voice. With Cal and Hannah, Ellen Hopkins tells middle-grade readers: I see you. I hear you. And your voice is powerful . . . even as it evolves. Closer to Nowhere is raw, but real. It’s love, but tough. It IS middle grade, and it is a gift for readers everywhere.” —K. A. Holt, award-winning author of House Arrest

“The queen of gritty YA novels-in-verse enters the realm of middle-grade literature with this story of a family fracturing under myriad pressures yet refusing to be broken . . . Hopkins paints a realistic picture of a family undergoing upheaval and learning to better care for one another.” —Booklist

About the Author

Ellen Hopkins is a former journalist and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction books for young readers, fourteen bestselling young-adult novels (including The Crank Trilogy, Burned, Impulse, and Tricks series), and four novels for adult readers. With this book, she is honored to enter the realm of middle-grade fiction. Ellen lives with her extended family, one brilliant German shepherd, a retired rescue cat, and two ponds (not pounds) of koi in the eastern shadow of the Northern Nevada Sierra.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 10, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593108639
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593108635
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10 - 12 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 5 - 6
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 1.15 x 7.7 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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I was adopted at birth and raised by a great, loving older couple. I grew up in Palm Springs CA, although we summered in Napa and Lake Tahoe, to avoid those 120 degree summers. After my adopted parents died, I did find my birth mother, who lives in Michigan with my half sister.

I studied journalism in college, but left school to marry, raise kids and start my own business--a video store, before the mega-chains were out there. After a divorce, I met my current husband and we moved to Tahoe to become ski bums and otherwise try to find our dreams. At that time, I went to work for a small alternative press, writing stories and eventually editing.

When we moved down the mountain to the Reno area, I started writing nonfiction books, many of which you can see here. The rest are viewable on my personal website. I also continued to freelance articles for newspapers and magazines.

All that has changed, with the publication of my novel, CRANK, which has led to a valued career writing YA novels in verse, all of which explore the more difficult situations young adults often find themselves in. Will I ever write one in prose? No doubt! But, for the moment, writing novels in verse fulfills two needs: writing poetry and writing fiction. The combination is so interesting!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Hopkins does it again
By Amanda on October 13, 2020
Closer to Nowhere delves not-so-gently into the lives of Hannah Lincoln and Cal Pace, two 12-year-old cousins who share their home after Cal loses his mother to cancer and his father to a well-deserved prison sentence.

Alternating between the preteens' viewpoints in the artfully crafted verse for which Hopkins is well-known, this book evokes a whirlwind of emotion while the reader accompanies these children on their respective journies of hurting and, ultimately, healing.

This book puts on vivid literary display the goings on inside the mind of a "troubled youth," reminding us all that it is often when we act most unlovable that we need love most.

At the end of it all, this book hits far closer to home than it does to nowhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for middle school children!
By Savanha Metting on October 8, 2020
I own all her books, so of course I had to buy this one as well. I'm so glad my favorite author wrote a book my daughter is able to read. She still has a few years to go for the others. I loved it. It lightly touches on issues children face today and it's written beautifully. I loved it all the way to the end including the authors note. :)
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