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

"Engaging and thoughtful, if a trifle overdetermined. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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

"The attitude that carries Jack through adventure after adventure to nothing short of a fairy-tale ending—complete with sheep—will win readers over and keep them rooting for him all the way. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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

"The feisty, life-affirming, lesson-teaching elder is a familiar character in children's literature, but Hobbs breathes new life into the situation, giving the character some problems of her own and making the intersection of these two souls both real and poignant. (Fiction. 10+)"
Toby Steiner, age 11, doesn't want to go back to the cancer hospital. Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: Aug. 13, 2004

"A fast read where problems can actually be solved by facing them head-on, thinking stuff through, and working hard. (Fiction. YA)"
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

"Hobbs raises interesting issues regarding Stefan's disability, but even the Zach subplot can't jumpstart this one. (Fiction. 10-12)"
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

"Hobbs just gets better and better. (Fiction. YA)"
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 leisurely paced, somewhat gloomy story, but one that is, in the end, rewarding. (Fiction. 12-15)"
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

"Hobbs asks readers to suspend disbelief through encounters in drug dens and tough-guy police grillings; once they do, the story will have them in its grip. (Fiction. 10-12)"
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

"It's an unusual story, with interesting characters and a strong plot, and it's fair to say that Crow steals the show, teaching Carolina how to accept change and to fly in spite of it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
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

"Some food for thought, dished out with a heavy hand. (Fiction. 12-15)"
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. Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The characterizations are solid, and while the narrative seems to amble, all the elements converge in an ending that will leave readers thoughtful and shaken. (Fiction. 12+)"
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 >