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Maureen McQuerry

Now in Polish, German,  Spanish and Chinese

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“. . . in clear, straightforward diction [and] boldly geometric art . . . Plants the seeds of environmentalism for listeners new to the subject.”  – Publishers Weekly on ECOSYSTEMS WITH RACHEL CARSON

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How to Grow an Environmentalist

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





“We have all forgotten what we really are. All that we call common sense and rationality and practicality and positivism only means that for certain dead levels of our life we forget that we have forgotten. All that we call spirit and art and ecstasy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forget.”  G.K. Chesterton, The Ethics of Elfland

Between, Before and After
The Peculiars

The Peculiars

  • YASLA Best Fiction for Young Adults

  • Bank Street Best Book

  • Horn Book Recommended Fantasy

  • Booklist Starred

  • Westchester Award

Beyond the Door.jpg The first book in the middle grade Time Out of Time duology

Beyond the Door Book 1 Time Out of Time

Booklist Top Ten Sf-Fantasy Youth 2014

The Telling Stone.jpg Book 2 in Time Out of Time/ Celtic mythology

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...   

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, author

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.

Mossyback Morris dancers at Beyond the Door release

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Big Ideas for Little Environmentalists!

Fall 2021!

Love with Plato

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Summer 2021!



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