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Children's LiteratureThe writing life of children's book author Will Hobbs is chronicled in this well-written biography. Readers learn how Hobbs develops his books from his interests in wildlife and the outdoors. In childhood, Hobbs had nature experiences that helped to shape his respect for the environment. Frequent family moves exposed him to places as diverse as Alaska and Texas. Hobbs had teachers who read aloud to him, which ignited his love of literature. His interests in books and writing supported his student work and later teaching jobs. When he began writing books, the stories reflected his personal experiences as a boy, youth, and young adult in the West. People, creatures, and places of the West are the characters and settings of Hobbs' books. The development of his books is described with quotes from Hobbs and insights into the motivation he brings to the task. Back matter is extensive with notes, a life chronology, annotations of the most popular books, major awards, a bibliography, web sites, and an index. As one in the publisher's "Who Wrote That?" series, this book will interest students who have read Hobbs' books and/or have an interest in writing. 2006, Chelsea House, Ages 7 to 12.
—Jacki Vawter, Ph.D.