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Teri Kanefield


Teri Kanefield

Teri --- a lawyer and author --- writes novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, nonfiction for both children and adults, and lots of legal briefs.
Her recent books for young readers include THE GIRL FROM THE TAR PAPER SCHOOLl, and GUILTY? Crime, Punishment and the Changing Face of Justice. Both books were named 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.

Teri Kanefield

Books by Teri Kanefield

by Teri Kanefield - Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History
ANDREW JACKSON tells the story of one of our most controversial presidents. Determined to take down the wealthy, well-educated East Coast “elites,” he pledged to destroy the national bank --- which he believed was an engine of corruption serving the interest of bankers and industrialists.  A stanch nationalist, he sought to secure and expand the nation’s borders. Believing that “we the people” included white men only, he protected the practice of slavery, and opened new lands for white settlers by pushing the Native people westward.
by Teri Kanefield - Biography, Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Human Rights, Nonfiction, Women's History, Women's Studies, Women’s Issues

In the fourth installment in the Making of America series, SUSAN B. ANTHONY, Teri Kanefield examines the life of America’s famous suffragette. Anthony was born into a world in which men ruled women. While the young nation was ablaze with the radical notion that people could govern themselves, “people” were understood to be white and male. Women were expected to stay out of public life and debates. Anthony began her public career as a radical abolitionist, and after the Civil War, she became an international figurehead of the women’s suffrage movement.

by Teri Kanefield - Children's, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Politics

The third installment of the Making of America series, Abraham Lincoln, tells of one of our most beloved presidents. Born in a cabin deep in the backwoods of Kentucky, growing up in a family considered “the poorest of the poor,” Lincoln rose to become the 16th president of the United States. As president, he guided the United States through the Civil War, helped end slavery in America and strengthened the federal government. Unlike other biographies, the Making of America series goes beyond individual narratives linking influential figures to create an overarching story of America’s growth.

by Teri Kanefield - Biography, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction
The America that Alexander Hamilton knew was largely agricultural and built on slave labor. He envisioned something else: a multi-racial, urbanized, capitalistic America with a strong central government. He believed that such an America would be a land of opportunity for the poor and the newcomers. But Hamilton’s vision put him at odds with his archrivals who envisioned a pastoral America of small towns, where governments were local, states would control their own destiny, and the federal government would remain small and weak.
by Teri Kanefield - Biography, Children's 8-12, Education, History

Children are taught much about the men who shaped early America, but history-shaping colonial women remain largely unknown and undiscussed. The Extraordinary Suzy Wright sets about to change that, telling the little-known story of Quaker Susanna (Suzy) Wright (1697–1784), a renowned poet and political activist. Suzy helped settle the Pennsylvania frontier, where she acted as legal counselor to her less literate neighbors, preparing wills, deeds, indentures and other contracts. Surviving documents and correspondence between Suzy and a host of her contemporaries --- including Benjamin Franklin; James Logan, Pennsylvania’s governor and chief justice; and a few signers of the Declaration of Independence --- reveal that Suzy, from her home on the frontier, exerted considerable influence in the highest circles of Pennsylvania government

by Teri Kanefield - Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

When some people kill, they are jailed or even executed. When others do, they are celebrated as heroes. Though this example is extreme, it’s just one of many that author and lawyer Teri Kanefield explores in depth. From an examination of what constitutes a crime, why and how we punish people who commit crimes, how the government determines these rules, to how citizens have reacted when they feel laws aren’t fair, this book will challenge young readers’ thinking about law and order, crime and punishment, while giving them specific legal cases to ponder along the way. For ages 12 and up, this examination of the legal system will also include historical photography to help bring each legal case to life.