Authors who write young adult books about controversial topics are often challenged and banned from schools and libraries.  But these authors are the ones whose books are checked out of the library constantly and have characters and themes that resonate with those who read them.  Ellen Hopkins is one of these authors.  She writes about teen addiction, teen prostitution, religion, the pursuit of perfection, life as it really is.  And her books are never checked in at our library!  She writes in poetry format, making her books fast and accessible reads.  Her newest book is called Tilt.  Here is a trailer:

And here is a link to Ellen Hopkins’s website, if you want to learn more about her and her work.