Valerie Hobbs, Author . Puffin $5.99 (176p) ISBN 978-0-14-2302
called this novel "an emotionally complex rendition of a familiar story: boy runs away, then realizes there's no place like home. Hobbs's energetic, honest storytelling will hook readers." Ages 8-12. (Nov.)
HOW FAR WOULD YOU HAVE GOTTEN IF I HADN'T CALLED YOU BACK?
"This accomplished first novel set in the late 1950s brings uncommon depth to what at first glance seems a conventional plot—a 16-year-old who moves with her family from New Jersey to Continue reading »
Fifteen-year-old Olivia goes to live with her father, an ocean diver, who left when she was a baby, after her grandmother dies. "Those seeking a thought-provoking, emotionally stirring read Continue reading »
Like the final stretch of freedom before school begins, there's something quietly magical?and bittersweet?about Hobbs's (Anything but Ordinary) latest novel. Hidden beneath the ordinary anxieties of Continue reading »
A vow to stay ""friends till the end"" takes on new meaning for a group of four high school juniors when one of them, Kit, the daughter of an alcoholic, is hit with a double whammy: unplanned Continue reading »
As sensitive in its explorations of friendships as the author's How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back? and Get It While It's Hot. Or Not, Hobbs's third novel revolves around Continue reading »
From the author of Carolina Crow Girl comes an emotionally complex rendition of a familiar story: boy runs away, then realizes there's no place like home. Eleven-year-old Charlie lives with his Continue reading »
How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn't Called You Back?
This accomplished first novel, set in the late '50s, brings uncommon depth to what at first glance seems a conventional plot--16-year-old Bron Lewis moves with her family from New Jersey to Ojala, Continue reading »
In Stefan's Story, the sequel to Carolina Crow Girl, Valerie Hobbs reintroduces nature lovers Carolina and her paraplegic friend Stefan as they cross the bridge to adolescence, this time from Continue reading »
When a middle school teacher encourages her students to ask questions and think for themselves, the town?s parents might not like it, but Minnie McClary finds the courage to speak (and write) her Continue reading »