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Archives - March 2019

Historical fiction allows you, the reader, to travel back in time from the safety of your couch, subway seat or other favorite reading spot. Today on Teenreads we had the chance to talk to two young adult authors who write incredible and rich historical fiction. First, Maureen Doyle McQuerry is the author of BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, a dual-perspective novel where 14-year-old Molly worries about school, friends and her parents’ failed marriage, but mostly about her mother, Elaine, and her growing depression, leading her on an adventure where she discovers the impact the flu pandemic of 1918 had on her family. We also talked to Stephanie Morrill, who wrote WITHIN THESE LINES, where Evalina Cassano’s life in an Italian-American family living in San Francisco in 1941 is ordinary until she falls in love with Taichi Hamasaki, the son of Japanese immigrants, at a time when inter-racial marriage is illegal in California and Taichi and his family are forced to move to a Japanese-American internment camp. Both authors have written complex, deeply research stories about love, family and American history. Keep reading to see what they had to say about mental health representation, their characters and more.