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Maria Padian
Maria Padian is an author of young adult novels as well as a freelance writer, essayist and former broadcast journalist. Her first novel, "Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress" (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2008) was chosen by the ALA and YALSA as one of the Best Books for Young Adults in 2009 and... show more

Maria Padian is an author of young adult novels as well as a freelance writer, essayist and former broadcast journalist. Her first novel, "Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress" (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2008) was chosen by the ALA and YALSA as one of the Best Books for Young Adults in 2009 and also received a Maine Literary Award and Maine Lupine Honor Award. Her second novel, "Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best," was published by Knopf in March, 2011. A third novel for young adults, "Out of Nowhere," will be published by Knopf in February 2013.A graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Virginia, she has also attended Oxford University and the Bread Loaf Writers' conference. Along with being a passionate, life-long reader, she is an avid gardener, tennis player, nordic skier and coffee drinker. She makes her home in Maine with her family and their Australian Shepherd. To learn more about Maria and her books visit www.mariapadian.com
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Yakmum
Yakmum rated it 6 years ago
This is definitely a y/a novel. But it is really well done weaving in the language and concerns of teens into the whole what is happening to my soccer team and town when the Somali immigrants move into the fictional town of Eniston which is a thinly veiled Lewistion. This story really resonated with...
Blame It On the Books
Blame It On the Books rated it 6 years ago
DNF. I really couldn't get in to it again after I had to stop for 1 week because my tablet broke. I will read this book again though. It really deserves to be read. I know I can't say much since this is after all a DNF review, but I went more the 50% and this book touched me in ways that are not obv...
ireadandtell
ireadandtell rated it 6 years ago
I have literally just finished this book, and I am in awe. The writing and the effort put into this book is tremendous, but I'll get to that later. Tom, captian of Chamberlain's soccer team has his world turned upside down when Somali immigirants flood into his town post the 9/11 incidents. Forced...
Unapologetic Reader, Psychotic Writer
Wow. If they ever turn this book into a movie I'd watch it along with the entire horde of my football soccer loving friends. Review to come.
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ReaderMarija's Reviews rated it 6 years ago
When I read the book description for Out of Nowhere, I was really looking forward to reading it. I thought the novel would be a good learning experience...to find out more about Somalian refugees, the fears and hardships they faced in their own country, and their hopes for the future in finding a sa...
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