Award-winning author of books for young people

Montessori Center School Santa Barbara

Schedule A School Visit--in person or on the screen.

Valerie Hobbs has over twenty years experience as a writing teacher. She has facilitated numerous writing workshops and presented her program "Only You Can Tell Your Story" at many public and private schools. Contact Valerie to schedule a presentation and/​or writing workshop at your school. Grades 3-12.

"Her empathy, as well as her respect for the intelligence and integrity of these budding young adults, won them over in person, just as it had in her books." Mary Kuntsal, Montessori Center School


My fees:

$950 for a full day, which can include a combination of auditorium and classroom presentations, as well as writing workshops.

Out-of-town: $950 plus transportation and lodging. Contact other schools in your area for visits over several days and share expenses.

Discounts for local schools!

FREE SKYPE VISIT for any class familiar with my books!

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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