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 !
YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults
Bank Street Best Book
Horn Book Recommended Fantasy
Beyond the Door Book 1 Time Out of Time
Booklist Top Ten Sf-Fantasy Youth 2014
The Telling Stone Book2
Time Out of Time
WA State Book Award finalist
IN THE PRESS
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...
"The real miracle is the way McQuerry intertwines here medical mysteries, the story of an adopted middle-aged man, and both Elaine’s and Molly’s younger siblings’ fascination with birds and wings. This elegant historical fiction will appeal to thoughtful readers, who, like Molly, are intrigued by the way the past and present connect. "
School Library Journal
Guest Post by Maureen McQuerry
SLJ, Teen Librarian Toolbox
Working Mother Magazine:
interview with Maureen McQuerry
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!
9/14 PNWA Seattle presenter
The Stakes Must Be Death
Signing: Between Before and After
10/12 SCBWI presentation
10/19 Dark and Stormy
BARN event Bainbridge Island
10/26 Spokane County Library Writer's Conference
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