Young Adult Fiction
Can Patrik and his family escape their totalitarian country before they are found out?
multicultural middle grade fiction
In Baghdad, war is being waged all around Talib and Nouri. Can these two Iraqi boys solve their own war and live in peace with each other?
Living in the Mayan jungle, Rosalba knows nothing about the prophesy of the end of the world. Then sophisticated Alicia comes from Mexico City to tell her all about it...
Susana and Pina grow up in an Italian orphanage Will either find a parent?
Can a white boy and an African boy keep their friendship in a changing world?
Overnight, Tinh's Vietnamese village is destroyed by a cyclone. How can Tinh make things right for himself and his family?
Binh's Ameican aunt is coming to her Vietnamese village. Will she bring the riches that Binh longs for?
Gregory has to leave the Navajo reservation for the big city of Tucson.
Why won't the new Chinese girl be Ginny's friend?
In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress, Oy must again make a decision. In the talent show will she do what others want or be true to herself?
What if your best friend is also your biggest rival?
Will Noi be sent to the factory to work, or can she learn to paint umbrellas? Will a young artist be able to pursue her gift?
Gloria wakes up on Christmas morning to find that Mama is going to work instead of taking her to Nana's house in Mexico to celebrate.
Oy, a Thai immigrant, has to decide what she will give up to fit in. What would you do if the most popular girl demanded that you bring your special dress to school, or else?


In Baghdad, war is being waged all around Talib and Nouri. Can these two Iraqi boys solve their own war and live in peace with each other?

THE WHITE ZONE has been released by Duckbill Press in an Indian edition for distribution throughout the Indian subcontinent, which includes Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and India.

Here is the link to an interview.

Here is the Spanish edition.

2012 Society of School Librarians International. Honor Book in Language Arts k-6 category.

Gold Medalist for 2012 Independent Publisher Awards

New York Public Library: Children's Books 2012-- 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

The Best Children's Books of 2013, Bank Street College of Education


Based on actual events, this novel is a realistic depiction of children caught up in hostilities they cannot fully understand. Although it touches on the American presence, the focus is on the conflicts between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. .. Marsden's detailed descriptions of everyday life make this culture come alive.-- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Marsden’s knack for getting deeply into a culture and creating realistic, believable characters proves effective once again; this is an accessible and engaging window into a specific time and place that will have current relevance to many young readers and units of study. Descriptions are evocative, and juxtapositions between everyday realities and the violence effectively hint at the senselessness of the conflict.-- THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Marsden’s latest book puts a face on a bitter, centuries-old conflict that continues to rage... Particularly moving is the wanton destruction of Mutannabi Street, once the cultural capital of Baghdad. This tense novel will be particularly useful in the classroom. --BOOKLIST

Escalating financial, religious, and political tensions break apart families and destroy neighborhoods in Marsden’s ... commanding war story. ... As the boys’ bitterness battles with their longstanding affection for each other, their passions drive them to actions ranging from cruel and cowardly to brave and generous. --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

A decently executed exploration of the American presence in Iraq and the tensions between Shiites and Sunnis. --KIRKUS

Marsden tells a story that resonates highly in today's society where there are many different types of chaos disrupting lives and homes worldwide. -- VOYA

HOW I GOT THE IDEA: In January, 2008, I read an article in the paper about how snow had fallen in Baghdad for the first time in anyone's memory. During this miracle, all acts of war ceased. There was an informal truce. Although I had many other projects going, I was so captivated by this happening that I immediately set to work on a fictional story.