People Kill People

People Kill People

For Ages: 14 - 99
“Fall’s most provocative YA read.” —Entertainment Weekly

Someone will shoot. And someone will die.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel.

People kill people. Guns just make it easier.

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?

One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?
  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 448 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481442930 | 
  • September 2018 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
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People Kill People

By Ellen Hopkins

About the Book

Some people think guns will bring them protection, and others fear they’ll bring death. Some want to use them for revenge, and others wish to use them to intimidate. In People Kill People, six teens will find their lives forever changed by a single gun. Having previously opened conversations on topics such as addiction, sex trafficking, and kidnapping, New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles one of the most important issues facing America today: gun violence. By looking deeply into the lives of this group of teens, she helps us to understand why this debate is so fraught with emotion. Investigating the reasoning behind opinions and giving a human face to each argument, People Kill People will spark conversation and help a generation come to terms with a significant threat.

Discussion Questions

1. In the author’s note, Hopkins includes statistics on gun deaths in the United States. How do you know that these statistics are from a reputable source? Do these figures change your understanding of gun violence? When adults talk to you about this issue, would you rather they use facts and figures, or that they talk about the situations and feelings that surround it?

2. Hopkins’s books are usually in verse. Why do you think she chooses to alternate between vers see more

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About the Author

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Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen young adult novels, as well as the adult novels TrianglesCollateral, and Love Lies Beneath. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsLit.