VALERIE HOBBS

Award-winning author of books for young people


Welcome


What I've learned in all the years since I began writing is that each of us has at least one special story to tell. Some stories are sad, some funny, but all are as unique as our fingerprints. We are storytellers, every one of us. Some of us just have to write those stories down.

My first short story began with a journal entry written when I was nineteen, after a close friend of mine met with a tragic accident. Many years later, that same story became the basis for my first novel, How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back. Many novels have followed, some inspired by events in my life, and some purely imaginative. Writing is the hardest work I've ever done, but by far the most fun.

I am a teacher and a member of the South Coast Writing Project. Over the years, I have visited many schools and worked with writers of all ages. I would love to visit your school!


TEACHERS: If your class has read one of my books, email me to set up a free Skype visit.

WOLF, the sequel to SHEEP, a California Young Reader Medal winner, is available NOW!

Middle-grade and Young Adult Books

The heartwarming story of a dog and boy who find each other when hope is nearly gone. A California Young Reader Medal Winner!
The border collie, Jack, and his best friend, Luke, have had a great life for the past four years with their adopted parents on their sheep ranch in Northern California. But now a pack of coyotes has started picking off the sheep and Jack feels responsible. He is confident that he and the other dogs he has trained can take care of those coyotes once and for all. But what if the predator is not a coyote, but a much larger and fiercer animal? Jack is older and slower than he used to be. Is he still up to the challenge?
Diminutive, shy, and quiet, sixth-grader Minnie McClary learns how to use her power and her voice to stand up for what she knows is right. A Bankstreet College Book Of The Year!
A homeless dog and a homeless girl find each other and start a new life together. A Bankstreet College Book Of The Year!
"The victory of the human spirit shines through Defiance like the sun."
--Suzanne Fisher Staples
A Kirkus and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Life changes for Lucy when she visits her grandmother at the end of a very special summer. A Booklist Best Books of the Year book
Young Adult action and romance. Now available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle A BIG PICTURE award winner!
The book that jumpstarted my career and won me a Flying Start award from Publisher's Weekly. Young Adult (12-18). An American Library Association Best Book Of the Year
In the late 1960's, fourteen-year-old Cory's life is greatly changed by the sudden death of her father and her brother's tour of duty in Vietnam. A Bankstreet College best book of the year
"With all my heart, I loved Bobby James Walker. I forgave him, too. But I did not want to see him anymore. Not then, and maybe not ever." Sally Jo Walker An American Library Association best book for reluctant readers

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