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Between Before & After is a dual narrative novel about a girl in 1955 San Jose who discovers there may be more to her family than meets the eye, and her Brooklyn born mother who was forced to make drastic decisions in the aftermath of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.

It's a redemption story about hope and the bonds of family, about the way wonder shows up in unexpected places, but it’s also a story about abandonment and being lost in the darkest part of the woods. There's a retelling of Hansel & Gretel between the chapters!

   Now in PAPERBACK !

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The Peculiars

  • YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults

  • Bank Street Best Book

  • Horn Book Recommended Fantasy

  • Booklist Starred

  • Westchester Award

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Beyond the Door Book 1 Time Out of Time

Booklist Top Ten Sf-Fantasy Youth 2014

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Time Out of Time

WA State Book Award finalist



BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER is a dark but beautifully written story. I can almost one hundred percent promise that you will be not able to quit flipping the pages of this book. Everything from its plot, setting and all of the characters in this novel are unique and extraordinary...   

How Fairytales Help Us Navigate the World

School Library Journal 

Guest Post by Maureen McQuerry

Teen Reads


SLJ, Teen Librarian Toolbox

Working Mother Magazine:

interview with Maureen McQuerry

Why Kids and Parents Need Myth



Maureen McQuerry is the author of four novels, 2 board book series, and 2 nonfiction books, including: THE PECULIARS, BEYOND THE DOOR, THE TELLING STONE, BETWEEN,BEFORE AND AFTER, BIG IDEAS FOR LITTLE PHILOSOPHERS and the forthcoming BIG IDEAS FOR LITTLE ENVIRONMENTALISTS. Her poetry can be found in literary journals.

Her books have been selected for YALSA best fiction, ALA best book, Bank Street Best Books, and sold in 5 languages. Publisher’s Weekly calls her YA and MG work “evocative of The Dark is Rising and Neil Gaimen.” Most recently the Big Ideas series sold at auction to Penguin/Putnam and will be followed by BIG IDEAS FOR LITTLE ENVIRONMENTALISTS next year.

Maureen taught for 20 years, specializing in gifted education, and was the McAuliffe fellow for WA state in 2000. She currently lives on an island near Seattle with her husband, a hive full of bees, and four chicken sisters.

News and Events



Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists!

Fall 2021!

Love with Plato

Kindness with Confucius

Summer 2021!

Fall 2021

9/18  BARN Bainbridge:

          The Stakes Must Be Death 

      Hook your readers’ hearts as well as their minds. We’ll discuss techniques to strengthen your story’s emotional core, hook their hearts and identify the one thing every powerful story has in common.



10/30 Dark and Stormy

         Ready for a good ghost story?

Authors read original spooky stories at this  favorite annual event.


Oct 22     



Teachers and Librarians

I'I'm committed to supporting students, teachers and librarians through school visits, Skype sessions, personalized book plates, author Q&A’s and workshops.


Discussion guide questions for The Time Out of Time series..

Why School Visits Matter:

The Imagination at Work 

Workshops and Skype Visits

1-3 hour workshops are available on a variety of topics, or can be customized to meet your specific needs.  

FREE Skype visits, 30 min, with your classroom if you purchase  a class set of 8+ books!



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