Maureen McQuerry


Exciting news! Between Before and After is a finalist for the WA State Book Awards!


YA fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, magical realism, fantasy, book groups



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 was the McAuliffe Fellow for WA State in 2000. She is a poet, novelist and teacher, and enjoys presenting to students and adults. Maureen works with teachers to tailor workshops to specific writing goals.  She is also a frequent presenter at writing conferences.

Writers are like crows. They collect shiny objects that capture their attention and hide them away. Maureen has been collecting interesting bits since she was six and decided she wanted to be a writer.

News and Events



Big Ideas for Little Philosophers

Coming summer 2020!

Fall 2019

9/14   PNWA Seattle presenter

          The Stakes Must Be Death 


          Signing: Between Before and                After

10/12   SCBWI presentation

             Richland, WA

10/19 Dark and Stormy

          BARN event Bainbridge Island

10/26   Spokane County Library                       Writer's Conference


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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