This is a common question. First and foremost, I write to entertain and /or to inform myself, to answer those questions that are nagging at me. I think this is probably true of most writers.With my fiction, I write to entertain, to embolden, to embrace children who might feel the same as the characters in my books. I want them to come away from my books with a sense that they are who they were meant to be. With my nonfiction, I write to encourage young people to explore, to question history, and to think critically. By giving them examples from our history, I hope to give kids the courage to stand up as others have done before them--to make the world a better place socially, politically, and environmentally.