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Marie Marquardt

Biography

Marie Marquardt

Marie Marquardt is a college professor who lives with her husband, four kids, a dog and a bearded dragon in a very busy household in Decatur, Georgia. DREAM THINGS TRUE is her first book of Young Adult fiction, and it was inspired by her work with Mexican immigrants in Georgia. Since the late 1990s, she has been doing research and advocacy with immigrants from Mexico, and has witnessed --- on both sides of the border --- the effects of a broken immigration system.

Currently, she has the honor of working with an amazing group of volunteers to run El Refugio, a non-profit that offers temporary lodging and support to the loved ones of detained immigrants. As a part of this work, she regularly visits with detained immigrants at one of the largest detention centers in the United States (which happens to be in Southwest Georgia). They assist them as they prepare for deportation. This work is heartbreaking, but it also reminds her every day that love is more powerful than fear.

Books by Marie Marquardt

by Marie Marquardt - Fiction, Love & Romance, Prejudice , Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much --- except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two years old, excels in school and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret.

by Marie Marquardt - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Young Adult 13+

Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. When Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together --- three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way.

by Marie Marquardt - Family, Romance, Young Adult 14+

What happens when you fall in love with someone everyone seems determined to fear?
Ninety seconds can change a life --- so how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first encounter change theirs?