Teri Kanefield


Teri writes novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, and nonfiction for both children and adults.

Her children's books include the critically acclaimed The Girl From the Tar Paper School and Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face Justice. Both books were Junior Library Guild Selections. Her first novel, Rivka's Way, was a Sydney Taylor Awards Notable Book.

Her stories and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Scope Magazine, The Iowa Review, The American Literary Review, and Cricket Magazine.

Teri lives in California near the beach.

Where to find Teri Kanefield online


The Mystery of Sound
Price: Free! Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
A boy burps in class. What now? A glimpse into the life of a deaf boy in an all-hearing school. The Mystery of Sound was first published in Cricket Magazine, and was reprinted in Interface, an anthology published by Rubicon Publishing House. Illustrations reprinted with permission from Keith Bendis. Includes a sample chapter of Teri’s soccer story, Michael’s Mighty Kick.
Michael's Mighty Kick
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Soccer
Joshua enjoys being the star of his soccer team—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? For kids who love sports! PRAISE FOR TERI’S FIRST CHILDREN’S NOVEL, RIVKA’S WAY: -Sydney Taylor Notable Book "A simple but daring adventure." Voice of Youth Advocates
Look Here, Hercules (a short story)
Price: Free! Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Ashley wishes she had a dog! Then one day, a little terrier digs into her backyard—and the adventure begins. A story of love at first sight. PRAISE FOR TERI’S FIRST NOVEL, RIVKA’S WAY: -Sydney Taylor Notable Book "A rewarding read for the romantically inclined." School Library Journal "A simple but daring adventure." Voice of Youth Advocates
A Pocket Full of Gold
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,760. Language: American English. Published: October 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 19th Century
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! Includes the bonus story "Look Here, Hercules"
Lawyers Never Lie
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,480. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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.
Buchenwald from the Train: Stories and Essays
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,090. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2011. Category: Essay » Sociology
A collection of short essays and stories originally published in various national, regional, and special interests magazines. “Buchenwald from the Train," from The Jewish Currents. An American befriends two elderly German women as their train rolls past Buchenwald. Includes other short essays and stories.