Alexander Hamilton
Book 1
Alexander Hamilton
Junior Library Guild Selection

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Book 2
Andrew Jackson
Grateful American Book Prize:
Honorable Mention

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Book 3
Abraham Lincoln
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Book 4
Susan B. Anthony
Available March 2019
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Book 5
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Available Fall 2019
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Book 6
Thurgood Marshall
Available Spring 2020
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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my website. I write legal and political commentary, novels, short stories, nonfiction for both adults and young readers, and lots of legal briefs.



“Readers will emerge with a great deal of respect for a fiercely independent woman who battled sexism to reach the pinnacle of her profession” Publishers Weekly.

“An absorbing personal biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg that is also equal parts legal history and political philosophy. Like Ginsburg herself, Kanefield’s narrative is precise, candid, logical, yet filled with humor and irony. . .” Suzy Szasz Palmer, Past President, Virginia Library Association

“We hear many voices in this wonderfully engaging biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and come away with a far richer understanding of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and of what the rise of feminism has meant for all of us, whatever our gender, whatever our politics.” —Kathleen Vanden Heuvel, Law Library Director, Adjunct Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

“An engrossing biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg that doubles as a primer on how America’s champions for gender equality pressed their cause in the courts. Recommended for every law student, lawyer, and lay reader looking for an authoritative yet readable treatment of how the law shapes women’s lives, and vice-versa.” —Kathleen Morris, Associate Professor of Law, Golden Gate Law School


A Junior Library Guild Selection” —Publishers Weekly.

“By following the law school model and exploring actual cases, readers are able to ponder abstract ideas via concrete examples.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This short book is dense with examples and ideas and makes a complicated, somewhat daunting subject more accessible and interesting to a younger audience.” — —Booklist

“An easy and informative read, gives basic information about the criminal justice system.” —VOYA

“This book takes a look at the evolution of the American justice system. Kanefield scrutinizes the judicial system by examining current and past crimes.”—School Library Journal

“An extraordinary book…that could well be mind-blowing to the thoughtful young reader who is ready to move beyond the black-and-white notion that a particular act is wrong simply because it is illegal.” —Richie Partington, Book Blogger


“An extraordinary and inspiring story.” Salt Lake City Tribune 

“Worthy of the highest praise.” Midwest Book Reviews

Awards include the following:

Jane Addams Book Award, Older Readers

Carter G. Woodson Middle Level Book Award

California Reading Association Eureka Silver Honor Book Award

Junior Library Guild Selection

Orbit Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (National Association of Teachers of English), Recommended Book

Named a Distinguished Book by the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California.