Valerie Hobbs

Valerie Hobbs is the recipient of the 1999 PEN/Norma Klein Award, a biennial prize that recognizes "an emerging voice of literary merit among American writers of children's fiction." She is the author of young adult and middle-grade novels including Sheep, Defiance, Anything but Ordinary, and The Last Best Days of Summer. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she has taught academic writing. Valerie lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband.


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The Last Best Days of Summer

Valerie Hobbs
Square Fish

For twelve-year-old Lucy Crandall, the last week of August is the most perfect time in the world. It’s the week she gets to spend with Grams at the lake house,...


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Wolf

Valerie Hobbs
Frances Foster Books

Jack has finally found a home and a purpose on a farm, where he keeps a flock of sheep safe from coyotes and helps train young pups to do the same. But when...


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Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind

Valerie Hobbs
Square Fish

Minnie McClary is the new girl and knows that she doesn’t quite fit in, especially not after she lost it one day in language arts. In art, Minnie has to paint...


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Maggie & Oliver or A Bone of One's Own

Valerie Hobbs; illustrations by Jennifer Thermes
Square Fish

Maggie is always full of questions. But a young maid in a fine lady’s house isn’t supposed to wonder so much, so one day Maggie is thrown out into the street...


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Defiance

Valerie Hobbs
Square Fish

Eleven-year-old Toby Steiner, battling cancer, finds inspiration from an old woman and strength from a broken-down cow.


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Sheep

Valerie Hobbs
Square Fish

Every dog needs a boy.


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Anything But Ordinary

Valerie Hobbs
Frances Foster Books

From the moment their romance begins in eighth grade, Winifred and Bernie are individualists. They pride themselves on being different, and have each other for...


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Sonny's War

Valerie Hobbs
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR Paper

After her father dies, fourteen-year-old Corin needs her brother, Sonny, more than ever. Sonny is quiet but he's a great listener, and Cory knows where she can...


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