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The Secret’s Out

By Terri Clark


from Flirtin’ with the Monster

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This is one essay from the anthology Flirtin’ with the Monster

Where is the line between truth and fiction?

Why do love and addiction so often go hand in hand?

What does the real “Kristina” think about the way her story is told in Crank and Glass?

Crank and Glass have always been more than just stories. Join their author Ellen Hopkins and a host of other writers as they delve deep into Kristina’s story, from the straight truth on the physical effects of methamphetamine addiction to the psychological consequences of keeping secrets (and how Hopkins’ books have encouraged so many teens to reveal theirs).

With an essay by Ellen’s real-life daughter (the basis for the character of “Kristina”) that tells her version of the events that inspired the books—along with perspectives from “Scott,” “Jake,” and 10-year-old “Hunter,” the baby from CrankFlirtin’ with the Monster is a compelling journey through the complexities of Hopkins’ beloved bestselling works.

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About the Author

Ellen Hopkins is a poet and award-winning author, with 20 published nonfiction books for children and five New York Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse. Her sixth novel publishes August 2009. She is currently hard at work on her seventh and says she hopes for a Printz nomination before she reaches her expiration date. Hopkins lives with her husband, 11-year-old son, two dogs, one cat and a “whole mess of fish” on her hilltop estate near Carson City, Nev.

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About the Author

Terri  Clark

Terri Clark feels blessed to demonstrate her passion for young adult fiction as both a teen librarian and author. For as long as she can remember she’s always been fascinated with the paranormal, so it’s no wonder her stories are always a bit edgy and twisted. Her debut title, Sleepless (HarperTeen), is about a teen who is stalked in her dreams by a killer. If she dies in her sleep, she’ll die for real. Terri’s also been a part of the anthologies Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (HoughtonMifflin) and Flirtin’ with the Monster (BenBella Books). Her next paranormal, Hollyweird (Flux), will be released in 2012. You can visit Terri online at and at

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