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Kelly Murphy


Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy is an accomplished picture-book and chapter-book author and artist. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where she now serves on the faculty. Her many acclaimed books include the Beastologist series by R. L. LaFevers and THE MOUSE WITH THE QUESTION MARK TAIL by Richard Peck. Kelly lives with her husband in New England. You can read more about her work at

Kelly Murphy

Books by Kelly Murphy

by Katherine Marsh and Kelly Murphy - Magic, Children's 8 - 12, Fantasy
Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes can't stand her orphanage for another night. But when an attempted escape through the stove pipe doesn't go quite as well as she'd hoped, Mary fears she'll be stuck in the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies forever. 
The very next day, a mysterious woman named Madame Z appears at the orphanage requesting to adopt Mary, and the matron's all too happy to get the girl off her hands. Soon, Mary is fed a hearty meal, dressed in a clean, new nightgown and shown to a soft bed with blankets piled high. She can hardly believe she isn't dreaming!
But when Mary begins to explore the strange nearby town with the help of her new friend, Jacob, she learns a terrifying secret about Madame Z's true identity. If Mary's not careful, her new home might just turn into a nightmare.
Written by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. - Children's 8 - 12

Terrible news has reached cat brothers Anton and Cecil: their rodent friend Hieronymus has been captured. Anton and Cecil must try to rescue the mouse who once saved Anton’s life. Boarding one of the monstrous machines the mice call “landships,” the brothers travel to the Wild West. In the face of many dangers, can Anton and Cecil find the courage and wit to save Hieronymus?

Written by Jordan Stratford with illustrations by Kelly Murphy - Children's, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Youth Fiction

Lady Ada Byron, age 11, is a genius. Isolated, awkward and a bit rude --- but a genius. Mary Godwin, age 14, is a romantic. Adventurous, astute, and kind, Mary is to become Ada’s first true friend. And together, the girls conspire to form the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency --- a secret constabulary for the apprehension of clever criminals. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects. But it’s no match for the deductive powers and bold hearts of Ada and Mary.

by Kelly Murphy and Hallie Fryd - History, Young Adult 14+
History is about much more than dusty books, dreary dates, and long-forgotten battles. History is also about sex appeal! HISTORICAL HEARTTHROBS compiles photos and life stories of 50 of the sexiest men and women from history and asks the essential question: Would you want to date them? Each entry includes a photo, quotes, and a biography including how they managed to be so seductive.
written by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Kelly Murphy

Stretching, twirling, tumbling, jumping! Welcome to a playground teeming with monsters, bristling with energy, and scaring up fun. Monsters swing and slide and piggyback ride. Monsters run three-legged races and fall on their faces. Monsters eat monster-sicles and vie for the fountain. Wild and whimsical artwork revs up a read-aloud text that will have little listeners jumping up to join the action.

by Mark Steensland and Kelly Murphy - Children's, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Mystery

Spending the summer at her grandmother's house is the last thing Sarah wants to do. But her parents are staying there as they fix up the house after Grandma Winnie died. The tedious work turns into a thrilling mystery when Sarah discovers an unfinished letter her grandmother wrote: Strange things are happening behind the bookcase...

written by Rich Cohen, illustrated by Kelly Murphy - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction

Alex Trumble is a pretty ordinary kid --- except for the fact that his IQ borders on genius, and he loves to read books on vortexes and time travel. But when two angry hit men kidnap his big brother, Alex’s life changes fast.

Written by R. L. LaFevers, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy - Children's, Historical Fiction

All Nate wants to do is find his parents, but when a unicorn falls ill, the young beastologist must put his job before his quest.