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An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

by Jim Murphy

1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .

In a powerful, dramatic narrative, critically acclaimed author...


Guys Read: True Stories

by Jon Scieszka, Jim Murphy, Elizabeth Partridge & Nathan Hale et al.

Jon Scieszka's Guys Read anthology series for tweens turns to nonfiction in its fifth volume, True Stories. The fifth installment in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading features ten stories that are 100%...


Baffling & Bizarre Inventions

by Jim Murphy

A talking watch. An overcoat for two. A pair of pants for poodles. In his companion to Weird & Wacky Inventions, Jim Murphy shows kids some additional baffling and utterly silly inventions in the form of a guessing...


The Memphis Sun

by Jim Murphy

This collection represents an engagement with American history, technology, and cultures. Murphy's poetry ranges from fairly straightforward narrations of events to experimental pieces using a variety of American-speaking...


Gone A-Whaling: The Lure of the Sea and the Hunt for the Great Whale

by Jim Murphy

In the early days of whaling, whales were plentiful and it seemed that they would always fill the sea. When people realized how much money could be made from whales in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,...


Breakthrough!: How Three People Saved "Blue Babies" and Changed Medicine Forever

by Jim Murphy

In 1944 an unprecedented surgical procedure repaired the heart of a child with blue baby syndrome—lack of blood oxygen caused by a congenital defect. This landmark operation opened the way for all types of...


The 10 Football Matches That Changed the World

by Jim Murphy

The assertion that ‘football isn’t a matter of life or death, it’s much more important than that’ has been verified repeatedly throughout modern history. It has bolstered tyrants and helped...