Search Results: "Jim Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Despite lacunae, a gripping look at a major medical breakthrough. (source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
In 1944, Dr. Alfred Blalock joined pediatrician Dr. Helen Taussig and research assistant Vivien Thomas to develop the first surgical procedure to treat a severe heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot, or more commonly "blue baby syndrome." Read full book review >

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THE GIANT AND HOW HE HUMBUGGED AMERICA by Jim Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"After reading this fascinating story, young people will appreciate the old expression, spawned by this very hoax, 'There's a sucker born every minute.' (research notes, source notes, bibliography, photo credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
When a stone giant is found on a farm in upstate New York, William Newell sees the chance to get rich quickly. Read full book review >

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INSIDE THE ALAMO by Jim Murphy
HISTORY
Released: March 11, 2003

"Essential for library collections and a good bet for the classroom. (index, list of those inside) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Murphy tells of "a time when our nation was young and raw and only beginning to take on the shape and character we know today." Read full book review >

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THE REAL BENEDICT ARNOLD by Jim Murphy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"An important addition to collections on the American Revolution. (index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The name Benedict Arnold has become synonymous with the word "traitor," but the real Benedict Arnold is a more complicated entity. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Despite these small shortcomings, this is a superbly written, well-researched and attractively illustrated account that may well launch researchers on further exploration. (chronology, Revolutionary War sites directory, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Murphy brings the winter of 1776 to life with powerful prose and captivating illustrations. Read full book review >

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ACROSS AMERICA ON AN EMIGRANT TRAIN by Jim Murphy
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Generously illustrated with period photos and prints; endpaper map; extensive bibliography, mostly of sources; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
The 19th century's transcontinental railroads, explored via a delightfully effective narrative device: tracing the 1879 journey of Robert Louis Stevenson, who, at 29, was making an as- swift-as-possible journey from Edinburgh to Monterey, California, where his beloved Fanny was desperately ill. Read full book review >

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REVENGE OF THE GREEN BANANA by Jim Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Wry commentary and schoolboy machinations lighten but don't mask the sour tone, and Sister Angelica's free pass will likely leave readers feeling cheated. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
An underachieving sixth-grader plots to "murderlate" a bullying nun in this darkly comic semiautobiographical novel. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2009

"Grand. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Murphy returns to the War Between the States for this account of Antietam, known as the bloodiest battle in American history. Read full book review >

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THE LONG ROAD TO GETTYSBURG by Jim Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1992

"Capacious bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Relying heavily on firsthand accounts plus uncredited (but apparently contemporary) photos, prints and sketches, Murphy opens and closes with the battlefield dedication ceremony, in which Edward Everett delivered a long, eloquent speech and President Lincoln was tentatively invited to give ``a few appropriate remarks'' (quoted in full); in between, the author analyzes Lee's strategy; points out the many ironies of timing and position that affected the battle's outcome; and, using brief extracts from the journals of a Union corporal and a Confederate lieutenant, captures a soldier's-eye view of the exhausting marches, frantic firefights, and weary, poignant aftermath. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 6, 1996

"Murphy provides the best of both, the drama and the grind, appeasing readers' fascination with war without romanticizing it. (b&w reproductions, bibliography, chronology, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
A brief history based on the privately printed memoirs of Joseph Plumb Martin, who, at the age of 15, signed up for the Connecticut state militia on July 6, 1776, and stayed with the army for the next seven years. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"His fiction allows the reader to learn attitudes and hardships in the struggle for survival on the prairie through the mind of a participant. (photos, recipe, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The Dear America series has a system, and it often works: a diary format, historical pictures at the back, often with commentary, recipes, or other specifics, and some referents to tie the fictional events to time and place. Read full book review >

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NIGHT TERRORS by Jim Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Compared to Gordon's The Burning Baby and Other Ghosts (p. 1273), this collection seems decidedly anemic. (Short Stories. 11-13)"
An old gravedigger embeds five mild horror stories, all featuring young people, into an account of his peregrinations. Read full book review >