Search Results: "Kelly Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CASE OF THE MISSING MOONSTONE  by Jordan Stratford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"At best readers won't get it, and at worst they will believe it. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
The future author of Frankenstein teams up with the future inventor of the computer to establish a young ladies' detective agency.Read full book review >

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ROMPING MONSTERS, STOMPING MONSTERS by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"Young ones will want to join in on this monster romp again and again, since it is all so silly, comforting and familiar. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The menagerie of monsters from Yolen and Murphy's previous pairing (Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters, 2011) returns for an adventure at the playground. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE BOOKCASE by Mark  Steensland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Though the title and cover are promising, the writing is muddled with too many conveniently trumped-up figures. Stick with any of John Bellairs' books for a skillful gothic tale. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
What is behind the bookcase? A black tunnel that is a secret portal to an adventure for a girl and her younger brother. Read full book review >

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FIONA’S LUCK by Teresa Bateman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Using acrylic, watercolor and gel medium, Murphy creates simple, angular figures and soft, rich backgrounds, a combination that perfectly accentuates the folksy charisma of Bateman's story. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Like her Leprechaun Gold (1998), Bateman's latest exudes Irish flair. Read full book review >

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BRAND-NEW BABY BLUES by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Older brothers and sisters will easily identify with this jaunty heroine and profit from her realizations—an excellent choice for a new older sibling. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl is adjusting to life with her new baby brother. Read full book review >

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JAMES TO THE RESCUE by Elise Broach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Full of drama and heart, this is the kind of series that can show newly independent readers the power of a good story. (Fantasy. 6-8)"
The second installment in The Masterpiece Adventures series, which stars a human boy named James and his best beetle friend, Marvin, this early chapter book finds Marvin on a very important mission. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECRETS AT SEA by Richard Peck
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"Sheer delight. (final art not seen) (Animal fantasy. 8-12)"
Problem novels, ghost stories, historical fiction—is there anything Newbery Medalist Peck cannot do? Apparently not. Read full book review >

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MASTERPIECE by Elise Broach
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Murphy's charming pen-and-ink drawings populate the short chapters of this funny, winsome novel. (author's note) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Eleven-year-old James Terik isn't particularly appreciated in the Pompaday household. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"This story is complete in itself, but the ending promises more adventure to come. (Guide to People, Places, and Things) (Adventure. 7-10)"
When his Aunt Phil flies to the western Sudan to recapture an escaped basilisk, she takes Nathaniel Fludd along, reassuring him that he is only to "watch and learn." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Straightforward sentences, chronological narrative, short chapters and Murphy's plentiful black-and-white illustrations make this appropriate for middle-grade readers looking for a series to grow with. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When his parents are declared lost at sea in 1928, ten-year-old Nate is sent to live with a cousin, who whisks him off to Arabia to watch the fiery death and rebirth of a phoenix. Read full book review >

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DANCING MATILDA by Sarah Hager
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"A little kookaburra bird appears on most pages, and Matilda is tucked into bed with her toy bear—a koala bear, of course. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Matilda is an exuberant little kangaroo who dances all day long, from the moment she hops out of bed straight through to bedtime, and even into the night in her dreams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"'Historical Game Changers' doesn't have the teasing selling power of 'Heartthrobs,' but it may nail John Wilkes Booth more squarely. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
A hit-or-miss selection of notable personalities who made a dent in history. Read full book review >