"An extraordinary and inspiring story." Salt Lake City Tribune

"A fascinating and intimate portrayal of a revolutionary protest, its young leader and her community." The Richmond Times.

Read more about The Girl From The Tar Paper School.


"A suspenseful tale of friendship and love." Hadassah Magazine.

"The details of daily life are completely convincing, the foreign setting is made familiar, and Rivka’s character rings true. A rewarding read for the romantically inclined." School Library Journal.

Read more about Rivka's Way.




Now available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

"An extraordinary book . . . that could well be mind-blowing to the thoughtful young reader who is ready to move beyond the black-and-white notion that a particular act is wrong simply because it is illegal."Richie Partington, book blogger.

Read more about Guilty?

A young artist badly in need of money bluffs her way through an interview into a job she is not prepared for.

To succeed, she must make room in her life for two people: Curtis, a deaf architect who has sworn he will never date a hearing woman, and thirteen-year-old Alex, profoundly deaf, rebellious, bold, and frightened. As each takes new risks in friendship and love, the hearing and deaf worlds come together.

With sign language—nimble and evocative—at its center, Turn On the Light So I Can Hear is about reaching across distances, the transformative powers of art, and finding a place to belong.

Read the first chapter of the novel here!



A boy on the roof. A house in shambles. A new baby. A lawsuit.

Just when Susan — an idealistic new lawyer and mother of three — thinks she’s getting it all under control, the police arrest her husband for a crime he didn’t commit.

Susan and her family struggle to put the pieces together, prepare for a courtroom showdown – and discover the reason for all those lawyer jokes.

Read the first chapter here!



Rebecca misses her Mama, who died four years ago.

When Papa gets engaged to Melody, Rebecca is thrilled.

Then Melody is jailed for theft—and Rebecca knows she didn’t do it.

But who did? And who is trying to pin the crime on Melody?

Rebecca must find out!

Read the first chapter here!




Joshua enjoys being the star of his soccer teamt—until a new player joins, who is just as good as Joshua—or better.

Will their rivalry cause the team to lose their most important game?

Read the first chapter here!

A collection of short essays and stories originally published in various national, regional, and special interests magazines.

“Buchenwald from the Train,” an essay from The Jewish Currents. An American befriends two elderly German women as their train rolls past Buchenwald.

“An American Jew Visits Dresden,” an essay from The Jewish Currents. Dresden, a city steeped in a painful past, offers lessons in empathy.

“The Other Natalia,” short fiction from The MacGuffin. An American photographer retraces her mother’s long-ago steps in Poland.

“Lemmings,” an essay from Education Week. Animal science majors at a major university ponder the meaning of myth.

And more!



Short story originally published in Cricket Magazine.

A deaf boy. A quiet class. A burp.

Now what?

A glimpse into the life of a deaf boy in an all-hearing high school



Coming in 2016 from Abrams Books: The Extraordinary Suzy Wright: A Story of America's Beginnings.

The Girl From the Tar Paper School has been included on the 2015 list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers compiled by the National Council for Social Studies.

The Girl From the Tar Paper School has been named a California Reading Association Silver Honor Book.

The Girl From the Tar Paper School is named a Recommended Book by the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award committee.

The New York City Public Library named The Girl From the Tar Paper School one of the 100 children's books to read from 2014.

Guilty? has been selected for Follet's TitleEZ subscription program. Details on the program here.

Teri will be interviewed on an upcoming episode of The History Channel about Barbara Johns, the subject of The Girl From The Tar Paper School.

Teri ghostwrites Boxcar Children books. Her title, The Soccer Snitch, is now available.

Click here for Teaching Resources for Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice.

Visit the Barbara Johns Information Website.

Click here for Teri's talk at the Longwood University Leadership Forum.

Click here to read the interview with Teri that appeared on the New York Public Library blog.

Click here to read the interview with Teri that appeared in the San Francisco Book Review.

Teri's essay, "The Best Interests of the Child" was included in this collection published by Kaplan Books.