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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

written by William Alexander with illustrations by Kelly Murphy - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Rosa Ramona Diaz, the ghost appeasing assistant librarian, has unleashed all the ghosts who were previously shut out of the small town of Ingot. Now ghosts are everywhere, and the town’s living residents are either learning to cope or trying to do the one thing no one can successfully do --- banish the ghosts. At school, something supernatural is stealing kids’ voices and leaving them speechless. And it’s Rosa’s job to solve the mystery and set things right. Somehow Rosa and her best friend Jasper are going to have to find a way to bring Ingot back to normal.

Written by William Alexander with illustrations by Kelly Murphy - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Rosa Ramona Díaz has just moved to the small, un-haunted town of Ingot --- the only ghost-free town in the world. She doesn’t want to be there. Jasper Chevalier has always lived in Ingot. Jasper has never seen a ghost, and can’t imagine his un-haunted town any other way. Then an apparition thunders into the festival grounds and turns the quiet town upside down. Rosa will need all her ghost appeasement tools --- and a little help from Jasper --- to rein in the angry spirits and restore peace to Ingot before it’s too late.

Written by Jordan Stratford with illustrations Kelly Murphy - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Mystery
Ada's imperious grandmother has absolutely shut the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency down --- until they get a case from a princess, that is.The princess Alexandrina Victoria, age 9 (who will grow up to be Queeen Victoria), is the most closely watched girl in England. She is never alone. Every morsel she eats is catalogued. Every visitor overseen. Every move noted down. She has but one thing of her own--a sketchbook she uses as a secret diary, where she records her private thoughts in code. But now, somehow, that sketchbook has disappeared.
by Elise Broach and Kelly Murphy - Animals , Children's 6-9, Fiction, Friendship

In this Masterpiece Adventure, the second in a chapter book series for younger readers from Elise Broach, bestselling author of MASTERPIECE, Marvin the beetle is going collecting with his family. All is good and well until Uncle Albert gets hurt. Marvin needs James's help to save Uncle Albert before it's too late. JAMES TO THE RESCUE captures the miniature world of Marvin the beetle and his special friendship with James.

Written by Elise Broach and illustrated by Kelly Murphy - Animals , Children's 6-9, Fiction, Friendship

Marvin the beetle is off to school with James for the very first time! Everything runs smoothly on this big adventure until the bell rings after lunch and Marvin gets separated from James. In fact, he gets accidentally thrown away! Will Marvin make it back home to his family? How will James find him? This young chapter book for emergent readers captures the miniature world of Marvin the Beetle and his special friend James.

Written by Jordan Stratford with illustrations by Kelly Murphy - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Mystery

The Wollestonecraft Girls embark on their most important case yet --- the famed dinosaur fossil hunter Mary Anning is being blackmailed. Her precious dog has been snatched and the kidnappers are demanding that Miss Anning authenticate some fake dinosaur bones up for auction at the British Museum in order to get him back. Ada and Mary have just three days to track down the fossil fakers, find the dog and save the integrity of science!

Written by Jordan Stratford with illustrations by Kelly Murphy - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Humor, Mystery
The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency was supposed to be a secret constabulary, but after the success of their first case, all of London knows that Lady Ada and Mary are the girls to go to if you have a problem.Their latest case is a puzzler indeed: A dead father, a missing will, an escaped lunatic and a hasty engagement. How does it all connect? With the help (and sometimes hindrance) of their sisters Jane and Allegra, these girls break codes, break a girl out of the hospital and break up a very bad betrothal.
Written by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin. Illustrated by Kelly Murphy. - Animals , Children's 8-12, Historical Fiction

Tuckered out from a journey across the Wild West, cat brothers Anton and Cecil are ready to head east for home --- until a minor stop to change trains in Chicago turns into a major escapade. The brothers are recruited by a police bloodhound to help solve a case: puppies are disappearing right off their leashes!

by Katherine Marsh and Kelly Murphy - Children's 8-12, Fantasy, Magic
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. 
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.