Black Heart, 2012
Valentined: An Essie Cobb Senior Sleuth Mystery, 2011
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, 2010
This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, 2010
Your Sun, Manny, 2010
"In books were my road maps, my secrets, my ambitions, my possibilities. The characters in books taught me everything. Without books I'd have been hopelessly lost. In libraries, I knew where to locate myself and where I could find the instructions I needed to carry on."
From the Margins of Empire: Christina Stead, Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer, 1998
The Hanukkah Hop, 2011
"Libraries and librarians do what they do so quietly and efficiently that it's easy to take them for granted. But we do so at our peril. If we don't safeguard them, we will wake up one day and realize that we've lost something very, very precious, essential to democracy, to literacy, to our quality of life. A world without libraries is unthinkable."
The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade, 2010
New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story
"The other day my Mexican friend asked me if she could borrow a book on U.S. history to study to become a citizen. I told her that I didn't have a recent one, but that she could go to the library. She looked at me blankly. I took out a map and showed her where the nearest library was -- she knew the building. What she didn't know was that with her residence card she could get a library card and check out books. Books to help her become a citizen. Books for her 3-year-old son. Books for pleasure reading. 'For free?' she asked incredulously. It was then that I nearly got on my knees to Ben Franklin. Thank you, Ben! I don't think I'd ever really thought about what it would be like to live in a country that didn't have libraries."
Running on Empty, 2011
"When I went with my mom to get my first library card, you were required to be able to write your own name and address. I was so little, I hadn't learned to write yet. God bless the librarian. I was so visibly crushed that she stood patiently by while I painstakingly copied, stroke by stroke, what my mom wrote. I left library card in hand and haven't relinquished it since. Libraries: Resource and refuge. For life."