Jim Murphy Brings the Past to Life

Jim Murphy is one of those amazing authors who can introduce the past to new generations with his fiction and non-fiction works. Whether it’s an unsuspecting 18th-century port town about to get hit by yellow fever, the Big Apple shut down by a blizzard, or a fire that burned down a lot of Chicago, Mr. Murphy brings readers into the thick of events with a storytelling style that holds their attention.

Want to time travel with Jim Murphy? Click here to see which of his books we have in store for you at the library. Read on for some facts on his life, articles featuring him, and a sample from his book, An American Plague.

Fast Facts

Born: September 25, 1947 in Newark, New JerseyDesperate Journey by Jim Murphy

Education: Rutgers University, B.A., 1970; graduate study, Radcliffe College, 1970.

Selected Awards:

  • Orbis Pictus Award, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Jefferson Cup, Virginia Librarians, and Best Books of the Year designation, School Library Journal, all 1994, all for Across America on an Emigrant Train.
  • Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction, 1995, Orbis Pictus Award, NCTE, Jefferson Cup, and Newbery Medal Honor Book designation, ALA, all 1996, all for The Great Fire.
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Association of Library Services to Children, Jefferson Cup Award, and ALA Notable Book and Best Books for Young People designations, all 2000, all for Blizzard!
  • National Book Award finalist, Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, ALA Notable Children's Book designation, YALSA Best Book for Young Adults designation, NCTE Orbis Pictus Award, and Newbery Honor designation, all 2004, all for An American Plague.

Home: Upper Montclair, NJ.

E-mail: jim@jimmurphybooks.com

On the Web:

Jim Murphy Books

Learning About Jim Murphy

In Biography in Context—Use your CRRL card to log in:

"Jim Murphy." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2010.