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Valerie Hobbs Book Signing
Sunday August 19, 2012
By Edhat Subscriber
Sunday, August 19th at 2pm
Come join, local favorite Kids author, Valerie Hobbs, as she signs her newest book Minnie Mcclary
Minnie McClary is the new girl and knows that she doesn't quite fit in, especially not after she lost it one
language arts. In art, Minnie has to paint a self portrait--but how can she do this when she doesn't even
she is anymore? Things aren't great at home, either. Her uncle Bill is building a huge replica of the
helicopter he flew in Iraq, and her father has blown some sort of whistle and has to start over in a new
Miss Marks takes over Minnie's language class and encourages students to think critically about
write their thoughts and questions in journals, marking the most private entries For Your Eyes Only.
her classmate Amira are inspired, but some people in town wonder why Miss Marks is encouraging
ask these questions and just what, exactly, she's teaching. When a group of angry parents demands
suspension, Minnie finds herself asking a lot of questions--and figuring out what she has the power to
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
and middle-grade novels including "Sheep," "Defiance," "Anything but Ordinary," and "The Last Best
Summer." She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara,
has taught academic writing. Valerie lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband.
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