“Both a page-turning romance and a comprehensive view of a young immigrant’s experience, this novel is sure to encourage empathy and perspective among high school students. VERDICT A must-have for all YA collections.”

School Library Journal, starred review


“By putting an emotionally compelling spin on a timely issue, Gretchen and Phoenix’s story is sure to engender sympathy for teen asylum seekers.”

The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Marquardt’s latest is a gripping depiction of many of the issues facing Salvadoran refugees.”


“A novel that shines in every sense of the word.”

—Alison Umminger, author of American Girls

“For anyone who feels trapped or constrained by borders or barriers, Marie Marquardt’s The Radius of Us is a bold, brilliant, and decidedly timely novel that reminds us that love can still transcend it all.”

—Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys and The Last True Love Story

The Radius of Us takes the worlds-colliding poignancy and rich characterization of Eleanor & Parkand tackles the human workings of immigration. A powerful, empathetic, achingly beautiful and real story of yearning for a better life and the love that comes with it.”

—Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King