Smoke

Smoke

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Pattyn’s father is dead. Now she’s on the run in this riveting companion to the New York Times bestselling Burned.

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 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.
  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 560 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416983286 | 
  • September 2013 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
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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
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Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

Smoke
By Ellen Hopkins


About the Book

Blamed for her abusive father’s death and haunted by the loss of her boyfriend and their unborn child, Pattyn Von Stratten is on the run. Aboard a bus destined for California, she makes friends with Adriana, a young girl whose family helps her find work as a housekeeper for the Jorgensens, a wealthy ranch-owning family. Patty sets out to build a new life under a false identity, but she is overwhelmed by feelings of loss and guilt and questions her ability to build new relationships and establish a new existence. Back home, her younger sister is the sole person who knows what happened in the shed that day, but Jackie is haunted by troubles of her own. Her mother, for one, refuses to accept reality and the role Caleb played in the death of the girls’ father. Smoke, the much anticipated sequel to Burned, brings closure to one girl’s heart-wrenching journey.

Prereading Questions

1. Why is abuse (both physical and emotional) so prevalent in society?

2. Discuss what you would do if you knew a loved one was in an abusive relationship.

3. In your opinion, why do individuals stay in abusive relationships?

4. What responsibility do we have when we know a loved one is in a dangerous relationship?


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About the Author

Ellen Hopkins
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Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, Smoke, and Rumble, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.

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