"Out of Nowhere" was published by Knopf in February 2013.
Maria is a freelance writer, essayist and author of young adult novels. Her books include "Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress" (selected by the American Library Association as one of the Best Books for Young Adults 2009, and winner of the 2009 Maine Literary Award for Children's Literature from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance as well as a Lupine Honor Award from the Maine Library Association); "Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best"; and "Out of Nowhere."
Maria lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine, where she is currently at work on a new novel.
News and Reviews
Thanks to the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance for creating the excellent Find Maine Writerswebsite. This is a rich resource for discovering all the literary talent the Pine Tree State has to offer.
"Out of Nowhere" is part of the Portland, Maine city-wide read beginning in 2013. The "I'm Your Neighbor" read features books set in Maine's new arrival communities.
An Educator Guide pairing "Out of Nowhere" with Warren St. John's "Outcasts United" is available from Random House. Visit the Schools and Libraries page or click here to download.
Young Adult Mag, an online "magazine" spotlighting YA Lit, features "Out of Nowhere" in their June issue. Visit their website to read the article.
Want to know what readers are saying about "Out of Nowhere?" Visit Goodreads for the latest reader reviews.
School Library Journal gives "Out of Nowhere" a starred review. Click hereto read.
An interview with Maria, by photojournalist, Greta Rybus, is now live on the web. "Who I Met" is a fascinating, beautifully photographed blog featuring Mainers from throughout the Pine Tree State. Click here to see/read Greta's interview with Maria, as well as her portraits of other Mainers.
"Out of Nowhere" featured! The Lewiston Sun Journal features the novel. To read it, click here.
Got Skype?Maria offers free, Skype author visits to libraries, schools and book clubs. Click here to inquire about a Skype author visit.
"Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress" won the 2009 Maine Literary Award and Lupine Honor Award.
"Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best" is now available in paperback.