Books by Valerie Hobbs

WOLF by Valerie Hobbs
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Dog owners all know how smart their pets are; readers will lap up Jack's tale and beg for more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In the sequel to Sheep (2006), Hobbs revisits border collie Jack and his owner, Luke, on Olaf and Katrin's ranch. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Ultimately, this important topic deserves a more in-depth exploration than this brief, albeit thoughtful, effort offers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A shy sixth-grader learns to speak out against prejudice when her community rushes to judge an unusual teacher. Read full book review >
MAGGIE & OLIVER by Valerie Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A touching and emotionally satisfying foundling tale. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In 1905 Boston, a 10-year-old orphan finds herself on the streets (with a mysterious golden locket), as does a just-orphaned dog, in this heartwarming story about a search for home under rough conditions. Read full book review >
THE LAST BEST DAYS OF SUMMER by Valerie Hobbs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2010

Lucy's last-week-of-August visits to her grandmother Luz, a potter, at the lake have long been a highlight of her summers. Read full book review >

SHEEP by Valerie Hobbs
ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 2006

A Border collie, down on his luck, searches for his life's work: a few good sheep. Read full book review >

DEFIANCE by Valerie Hobbs
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 10, 2005

Toby Steiner, age 11, doesn't want to go back to the cancer hospital. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2004

Texan Jody, 16, has only been married to Bobby James for 13 weeks when he punches her out and leaves her at a gas station in Florida in 1991. Read full book review >

STEFAN’S STORY by Valerie Hobbs
FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 2003

Stefan Crouch, 13 and an amateur naturalist, journeys to Oregon to visit his best friend Carolina, whom he has not seen for two years. Read full book review >

SONNY’S WAR by Valerie Hobbs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 2002

In what is now almost historical fiction, Hobbs (Tender, 2001, etc.) poignantly evokes the turbulent sentiments of 1967-68, a time when the nation was not only at war against Vietnam, but also against itself. Read full book review >

TENDER by Valerie Hobbs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 19, 2001

A sad, but ultimately hopeful story about missed connections and the opportunity for second chances. Read full book review >

CHARLIE'S RUN by Valerie Hobbs
Released: March 28, 2000

Although this novel is burdened by various issues of credibility, Hobbs delivers a fast-paced, engrossing read with two characters on opposite ends of the ethical spectrum who meet in the all-too-human middle. Read full book review >

CAROLINA CROW GIRL by Valerie Hobbs
Released: March 19, 1999

Carolina's life is not a perfect one, but she's content. Read full book review >

GET IT WHILE IT'S HOT. OR NOT. by Valerie Hobbs
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Hobbs (How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back?, 1995) takes on a sheaf of hot topics in this soapy, overstuffed tale of three friends helping a fourth who has a penchant for making bad choices. When Kit announces that she's four months pregnant and has to stay in bed, Megan, Mia, and Elaine rally around. Read full book review >

FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

In the late 1950s Bron Lewis sees her life as over when her family, nearly broke, moves from New Jersey to the sleepy California town of Ojala after her father's failed suicide attempt. Read full book review >