Teri Kanefield

Biography

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

Her children's books include The Girl From the Tar Paper School and Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face Justice. Both books were Junior Library Guild Selections. The Girl From The Tar Paper School was a California Reading Association Silver Honor book and was included in the New York Public Library's 100 children's books to read in 2014. 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 by the beach.

Teri's books have received the following honors and distinctions:

The Girl From The Tar Paper School:
--California Reading Association Eureka Silver Honor Book Award
--Included in the New York Public Library's list of 100 books to read in 2014.
--Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (National Association of Teachers of English), Recommended Book
--A Junior Library Guild selection

Rivka's Way
--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

Where to find Teri Kanefield online


Books

Knights of the Square Table
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,840. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Meet the Knights of the Square Table, San Francisco’s all-star chess team. On their way home from a tournament in Europe, their plane makes a forced landing on a remote island in the North Atlantic. Part survival story, part crime novel with a twist, here’s what happens when six teenagers act on their optimism and attempt the impossible.
Signing
Price: Free! Words: 8,120. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Sometimes the word “love” doesn’t need to be spoken. A deaf man and a hearing woman fall in love. This is a story about reaching across distances, and the things we do to get through to each other. An earlier version of this short story was published in The Iowa Review. The story is also an excerpt from Teri Kanefield’s novel, Turn On The Light So I Can Hear.
Turn On the Light So I Can Hear
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,190. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A young artist badly in need of money bluffs her way through an interview into a job she is not prepared for. 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.
Michael's Mighty Kick
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: 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: 3,810. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
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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: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,760. Language: American English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: 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: 66,440. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » 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. Categories: 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.
Rivka's Way
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,060. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Originally published in hardcover by Cricket Books (2001) Unsure about her upcoming marriage and eager to see what lies beyond the walls of Prague’s Jewish quarter in 1778, fifteen-year-old Rivka takes great risks to venture outside. What she discovers forever changes her views of her family and herself. “A rewarding read for the romantically inclined,” School Library Journal.

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