National first prize in the Scholastic Creative Writing Awards contest conducted by SCHOLASTIC MAGAZINE and sponsored by Hallmark Cards, for a short story, "The Snail," 1973.
Awarded the University of Florida English Department's annual Graduate Teaching Assistant Award with stipend for the 1979-80 academic year.
Received the International Reading Association's annual "Children's Book Award" for first novel, The Darkangel, 1982.
Listed on the American Library Association's "Best Books for Young Adults" roster (The Darkangel) 1982.
Included on the ALA "Best of the Best Books (1970-1982)" list (The Darkangel) 1982.
Chosen for the NEW YORK TIMES' "Notable Children's Booklist" (The Darkangel) 1982.
Voted a "Parents' Choice Award Superbook" for The Darkangel, 1982.
Won the Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellowship in Writing for Children from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, 1984.
Semifinalist for the ALA "Best Books for Young Adults" roster for A Gathering of Gargoyles, 1985.
Received a "Parents' Choice Book Award for Literature" listing for The Woman Who Loved Reindeer, 1985.
Voted an ALA "Best Book for Young Adults" (The Woman Who Loved Reindeer) 1985.
Selected for the New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age" exhibit and list (The Woman Who Loved Reindeer) 1986.
Awarded the California Young Reader Medal (The Darkangel) 1986.
Granted an Individual Artist Fellowship Special Award for Children's Literature by the Florida Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs, 1987.
Deemed a BOOKLIST "Best Book of the Decade" (1980-89) for The Darkangel, 1989.
Acclaimed an ALA "Best Book for Young Adults" (The Pearl of the Soul of the World) 1990.
Chosen as an IRA "Young Adult's Choice" book (The Pearl of the Soul of the World) 1992.
Included on the New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age" list (Dark Moon) 1993.
Featured in ENGLISH JOURNAL's "1953-1993: Forty Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction Worth Remembering" list (the Darkangel trilogy) 1996.
Elected to BOOKLIST's "Editor's Choice Books for Youth (Older Readers)" list forTreasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood, 2001.
Placed on the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association's "Best Books for Young Adults" list (Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood) 2002.
Appeared on the New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age" list (Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood) 2002.
Selected for BOOKLIST's "Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth" roster (Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood) 2002.
Included on the YALSA "Popular Paperback Nominations" list for Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood, 2003.
Named to the 2003-2004 Sequoyah Book Award Master List, a reader-selected award sponsored by the Oklahoma Library Association, for Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood. Winners to be announced in February 2004.