"Out of Nowhere" was selected as the 2013 Lupine Award winner.
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" (a Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book 2013, a Maryland Black Eyed Susan Book Award Nominee, a Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee 2014, and winner of the Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association.)
Maria lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine, where she is currently at work on a new novel.
"Out of Nowhere" was published by Knopf in February 2013.
News and Reviews
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliancehas included Out of Nowhere as a finalist for the 2014 Maine Literary Award in Young Adult fiction. Click here for a complete list of finalists.
Thanks, Maine librarians!for selecting Out of Nowhere as your 2013 Lupine Award winner. Visit the Events page for photos from Reading Round-Up and the awards ceremony.
Thanks, Georgia teens! for voting Out of Nowhere as a finalist for the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers 2014-2015.
Thanks to Capitol Choicesfor selecting Out of Nowhere as a Noteworthy Book for Children and Teens 2013. To view the complete list of Noteworthy Books, click here.
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" was part of the Portland, Maine 2013 city-wide read, "I'm Your Neighbor" which featured books set in Maine's new arrival communities. Visit the site for an extensive list of multicultural books.
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.