Valerie Hobbs Stefan's Story

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Stefan's Story

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A powerful follow-up to Carolina Crow Girl

Two years have gone by since the day Carolina and Stefan sent the crow they rescued flying to join its family. Now Stefan is on a plane heading to Oregon to visit Carolina, still his best friend, and he’s nervous. Carolina’s life has changed. Will she be different? What if she doesn’t want him for a best friend anymore? Don’t thirteen-year-old girls want boyfriends that are, well, boyfriends? His wheelchair gets in the way of that. Once Stefan arrives, he does his best not to let it get in the way of going out to sea with Carolina and the old fisherman she helps. And he doesn’t let it keep him from fighting to protect an old-growth forest from loggers. He is determined that it won’t keep him or Carolina from having as great a time as they had when they were eleven. He tries to keep things just the way they used to be. His heart is set on it. But is hers?

Stefan is ready to take on new challenges and overcome obstacles. He’s used to them. He just doesn’t know how big they can get or what he will have to do when they come straight at him, engines screaming.

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Valerie Hobbs is the author of many acclaimed books for young adults, including Sonny’s War, which appeared on Fanfare, The Horn Book’s Honor List, and Tender. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Grade 6-8-Wheelchair-bound Stefan is on his way to visit his friend Carolina in Oregon. He is unsure how the relationship will play out, as the friends haven't seen one another in two years. Once in Haskell's Bay, he finds Carolina embroiled in a controversy. A huge logging company has bought a pristine, old-growth forest. The loggers are excited about the prospect of employment, while the fishermen and environmentalists are against it. The discord even separates Carolina's mother from her fiancee Hank. After he is injured while riding in a truck on which the brake lines had been cut, Carolina and Stefan must find a way to rescue cantankerous, sometimes-drunken Otto, who has been falsely accused of the deed. Someone must also figure out how to rescue the community as a whole. Hobbs's characterization is the strong point of this novel. Stefan's desire to be treated like everyone else is shaded by his actual need for subtly given assistance. His shy and new feelings for Carolina are contrasted with his dislike for her motorcycle-riding admirer who can deliver a deft kiss. Hank is clearly shown to be a real hero, not for flashy deeds, but for his determination to support his loved ones through hard, unglamorous work. Hobbs also gives proper balance to the economic pressures of the issue. Readers first met Carolina and Stefan in Carolina Crow Girl (Farrar, 1999), but this novel easily stands on its own.
Cindy Darling Codell, Clark Middle School, Winchester, KY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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