As a writer, her works often center around the integrity of characters; with the choices they make when confronting adversity. Her book Daughters of the New World inspired a television miniseriesA Will of Their Own. The program used no lines from her novel, and was critically panned. She has since stated that one of her most well-acclaimed books, A Country of Strangers, would never be made into a Hollywood movie. Lucy Forever and Miss Rosetree, Shrinks received an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.