I write novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, nonfiction for both children and adults, and lots of legal briefs.
My stories and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Scope Magazine, The Iowa Review, Cricket Magazine, and The American Literary Review.
My law practice is limited to representing indigents on appeal from adverse rulings. I believe that when the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled. I also believe that the purpose of literature is to expand our sympathies.
I live in California near the beach.
My books have received the following honors and distinctions:
The Girl From The Tar Paper School:
Jane Addams Peace Association, Children's Book Award for Older Readers, 2015
Carter G. Woodson Middle Level Book Award, 2015
California Reading Association Eureka Silver Honor Book Award
Included on the 2015 list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for young readers compiled by the National Council for Social Studies
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (National Association of Teachers of English), Recommended Book
Included in the New York Public Library's list of 100 children's books to read in 2014.
A Junior Library Guild selection
Sidney Taylor Book Awards, Notable book of 2001
Lilith Magazine's 5th Annual Selection of Books for Young Readers
Included in Great Books for Girls, by Kathleen Odean
Included in Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens, by Linda R. Silver
Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice
Junior Library Guild selection
J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
M.A., University of California, Davis, Graduate School, English with an Emphasis in Fiction Writing
B.A., University of Pennsylvania