Marie Marquardt is an author of the young adult novels Dream Things True and The Radius of Us, with her third YA novel, Flight Season, publishing in early 2018. She is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and has been an advocate for social justice for Latin American immigrants in the South for two decades. She is chair of El Refugio, a Georgia non-profit that serves detained immigrants and their families. Dr. Marquardt has published many articles and co-authored two nonfiction books on the issues involved and has been interviewed on National Public Radio, Public Radio International and BBC America, among many other media outlets. She is a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team and lives in a busy household in Decatur with her spouse, four children, a dog and a bearded dragon.
Inspired by Marquardt’s research, friendship, and advocacy with Latin American teenagers fleeing gang violence and seeking asylum in the United States, The Radius of Us is a love story about two star-crossed teenagers who find hope in one another. At a time when the issues surrounding undocumented immigration and deportation have reached a fever pitch, the novel offers a happy and uplifting outcome for a scenario that so often ends in tragedy in the real world.