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Jill Murphy

Biography

Jill Murphy

Jill Murphy is a London-born English children's author, best known for The Worst Witch series and the Large Family picture books. She has been described as "one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the land."

Jill Murphy was born in London and attended the Ursuline Convent in Wimbledon which, together with the boarding school stories she enjoyed reading, provided much of the material and inspiration Miss Cackle's Academy in the The Worst Witch, which she started when she was 15. Mildred Hubble is very much a self-portrait! She put the book on hold as she attended both Chelsea and Croydon Art Schools, but continued to write it whilst living in a village in Togo, West Africa for a year and then whilst working as a nanny back at home. The book was published when Jill turned 24 and proved an instant success. However, Jill continued working as a nanny until the publication of THE WORST WITCH STRIKES AGAIN prompted her to devote herself to full-time writing. The Worst Witch stories have become some of the most outstandingly successful titles on the Young Puffin paperback list and have sold more than 3 million copies. They were also made into a major ITV series. She is also well known for her picture books and was commended in the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal for Peace at Last. A QUIET NIGHT In was shortlisted for the same medal in 1994. She is best known for the very popular Mr. and Mrs. Large picture books, which detail the domestic chaos of an elephant family. FIVE MINUTE'S PEACE won the 1987 Parents Magazine Best Books for Babies Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 1986 Children's Book Award. ALL IN ONE PIECE was highly commended for the 1987 Kate Greenaway Award and shortlisted for the 1987 Children's Book Award. THE LAST NOO-NOO won the 0-5 category of the 1995 Smarties Book Prize and in the same year was shortlisted for the English 4-11 Outstanding Children's Book of the Year, going on to win the 1996 Sheffield Children's Book Award. It won the 1996 Gateshead Gold Award. In the same year it was adapted as a play and performed at the Polka Theatre, London.

Jill Murphy

Books by Jill Murphy

by Jill Murphy - Children's 3-7, Fiction, Humor
One morning, Mom decides to take Roxy grocery shopping. "Roxy can help Mommy," she says cheerfully. Roxy makes a promising start, but when she squeezes the potato chip bag and rolls a can of beans across the floor, Mom is not pleased. "You’re not being very helpful, Roxy," she says, plunking the child back in the grocery cart. "Not very helpful," Roxy agrees. But being agreeable lasts only as far as the bakery aisle, where the need for a certain piggy-face cake spurs a level of high-decibel determination --- and a display of headfirst acrobatics --- that has onlookers staring in awe.
by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

In her latest adventure, Mildred is set up for disaster by her arch-nemesis, Ethel Hallow. Ethel steals Mildred’s summer project and her enchanted tortoise, Einstein, and Mildred must brave a broomstick flight through a violent thunderstorm to rescue him. But will she ever get back into Miss Hardbroom’s good graces?

by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

In THE WORST WITCH AND THE WISHING STAR, Mildred, notoriously the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, makes a wish on a shooting star --- and to her great surprise it comes true! But it also spells trouble. Mildred's wish-come-true is a small dog but she has to keep him a secret from her friends, and especially the formidable Miss Hardbroom.

by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Mildred is back in trouble thanks to the new girl, Enid Nightshade, who isn’t as well behaved as she appears. The more Mildred tries to stay out of trouble, the more she finds herself in horrible situations. What can the disaster-prone worst witch do?

by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Mildred’s beloved tabby cat has been deemed "unsuitable" for a witch, and is relegated to the kitchens to be a mouser. But when her class flies off on a school trip, Mildred concocts a plan to rescue Tabby --- and bring him along in secret!

by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction

Mildred gets off to a good start in her second year at Miss Cackle’s Academy, but her sworn enemy, Ethel Hallow, is plotting misfortune, setting Mildred up for a very bad spell, indeed.

by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction

Mildred Hubble is starting her first year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches --- and making a mess of it! She can’t ride her broomstick without crashing, she’s always getting her spells mixed up and worst of all, the teacher’s pet, Ethel, has just become her sworn enemy.

by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Mildred is starting her third year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches with high hopes of improving her klutzy record. But that’s before a curling-iron catastrophe leads her to experiment with a hair-growing potion with hair-raising results. And it’s before she raises the ire of Miss Granite, the odd new teacher who doesn’t seem to act like a teacher at all.

by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Featuring the famously disaster-prone Mildred in THE WORST WITCH and THE WORST WITCH STRIKES AGAIN.

by Jill Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Friendship

Presents two stories about Mildred Hubble, a young apprentice witch with a reputation for being the worst student at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, in which she first incurs the enmity of her headmistress and then smuggles her cat along on a class trip.