Masterpiece

Masterpiece is a 2008 novel written by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, and published by Christy Ottaviano Books. It won a 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year in ChildrenĀfs Fiction, the 2009 E.B. White Read Aloud Award, a 2009 ALA Notable Children's Book, and is a New York Times Best Seller.

Masterpiece has been translated in Catalan, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Turkish.

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2010-11 - Children's Crown Award, National Christian School Association
2009 - New York Times bestseller
2009 - American Library Association Notable Children's Books
2009 - Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
2009 - E.B. White Read Aloud Award
2009 - Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
2009 - Kansas State Reading Circle
2009 - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
2008 - Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Children's Fiction

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Fiona's Luck

In the award-winning Fiona's Luck, a greedy leprechaun king gets his comeuppance at the hands of a clever lass in a plucky Irish folktale. Distressed that free-roaming leprechaun luck was being soaked up by all the "big folk" who had arrived in Ireland, the king of the leprechauns ordered all his people's luck to be gathered and locked in a hidden treasure chest. Alas, they went too far and Ireland suffered its worst luck ever in the form of the potato famine. In short order, a sharp young woman named Fiona hatches a plan to retrieve Irish luck from the leprechauns, a plan that involves outsmarting the wee king with inventive reasoning and a bit of playacting. Bateman's (The Ring of Truth) original story brims with the entertaining hallmarks of folklore and fairytales (e.g., magic, a test of wits, a wish granted).

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2008 - Storytelling Award
2008 - Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
2007 - Bookamania "Terrific Tales"
2008 - Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year

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Secrets at Sea

The celebrated chapter book Secrets at Sea, created by Newbery medalist Richard Peck and Kelly Murphy. "In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Desperaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story of the tiny individuals who secretly live among us humans." This award-winning story was followed by a companion novel with further acclaim, The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail, in 2013.

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2013 - Society of Illustrators Original Art
2012 - Gold Award, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
2012 - Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year
2011 - ĀŠNotable Children's Books of 2011Ā‚, The New York Times
2011 - Best Books for Children, Kirkus
2011 - Starred Review by Kirkus
2011 - Starred Review by The Horn Book
2011 - Starred Review by Publishers Weekly

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The Boll Weevil Ball

Kelly Murphy's debut picture book, telling the tale of a plucky boll weevil who is the smallest member of his family.

"Making her children's book debut, Murphy's text and paintings work in tandem to convey the action and emotion leading up to the ball. In a family portrait, for example, only Redd's eyes and antennae appear. A lovely understated humor animates the spot illustrations (in one, Redd nearly drowns in a punch cup), while full-page and full-spread paintings highlight a variety of perspectives (Redd being left behind by his siblings; a view of the dance floor from above). The hero's expressions and body language convey a winning vulnerability and quiet resolve, and the night scenes at the lantern-lit ball, rendered in deep blues and greens with splashes of yellow, evoke a painterly, romantic beauty."Publishers Weekly

"Splendidly done in watercolor, gel medium, and acrylic, each picture has a textured finish that encourages children to reach out and feel the pictures. The warm blues and greens and muted reds create the perfect ambience. Young children will identify with Redd's predicament and will laugh aloud as the little beetle tries to fit in at the dance."School Library Journal

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