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Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy grew up in Kearny, New Jersey, a smallish working class town on the Passaic River. He became interested in history when his sixth grade teacher began the school year by announcing that “Not all Indians were bad people,” an idea that had never appeared in any book, TV show or Hollywood movie experienced by Mr. Murphy or his friends before this time.

He has written over twenty-five books, almost all of them dealing with American history, and he has received a number of awards and honors along the way, including a Newbery Honor Book Award, A Siebert Honor Book Award, A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Award, two NCTE Orbis Pictus Awards, three Virginia Cup Awards for Nonfiction, and a Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Non-Fiction Award.

Jim Murphy lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his family.