Valerie Hobbs was a Publisher's Weekly "Flying Start" author after the publication of her first novel for young adults, How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn’t Called You Back. In 1991, she was the winner of the PEN/Norma Klein award for "an emerging voice of literary merit among American writers of children’s fiction". In 2003 she was the Judy Goddard/Arizona Library Association Young Adult Author of the Year.
Hobbs has won numerous awards for her fiction, including the following:
How Far Would You Have Gotten If I Hadn’t Called You Back (1996): an ALA Best Book of the Year; Tender (2001) Junior Library Guild Choice and a Big Picture choice of the Center for Children's Books; Sonny's War (2002) Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2002 and a Banks Street Best Book of the Year; Charlie's Run, a Banks Street Book of the Year;
Letting Go Of Bobby James Or How I Found My Self Of Steam (2004) an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults; Defiance (2005) A Kirkus Reviews Children’s Book of the Year, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Southern California Children’s Literature Council Distinguished Book of the Year. Sheep won a California Young Reader Medal in the Intermediate Category.
Valerie Hobbs lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband, Jack, a high school teacher, and is an Emeritus Lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Member since 1994
Region: California: Central - Coastal
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