Stefan's Story (Hardcover)

By Valerie Hobbs

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374372408, 176pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2003



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.

Praise For Stefan's Story

"Teachers especially will find this book useful in the classroom as a catalyst for discussion on the many issues it presents...Hobbs' writing is very descriptive, which makes the story seem more real." --VOYA