• Coordinating council for Women in History, CCWH-Prelinger Scholarship, first national award of $10,000, for contribution to women in history, emphasizing issues of diversity, May 1998.


  • Blue Cobra International Book Award, international money prize for Journey of the Sparrows.


  • Jane Addams Book Award, for contribution to peace and social justice for Journey of the Sparrows, November 1992.


  • Hungry Mind Review Young Adult Book of Distinction Award for Journey of the Sparrows, 1992.


  • Judy Goddard/ Libraries Ltd, Arizona Young Adult Author Award, 2004.