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Sally Murphy is an Australian author of over 30 children's books. She's also the slightly crazy mother of six beautiful kids. You'll find bits of her buried somewhere in every one of her books. She loves reading, writing, and speaking about reading and writing.

PEARL VERSES THE WORLD won the 2010 Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature as well as the 2010 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for Best Book for Language Development. It was also an Honour Book in the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards.

TOPPLING won the children's book category of both the Queensland and Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, and was short-listed in the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards.

Hello from the Capital!

Hello From Canberra!  Cold (freezing!) but beautiful Canberra – Australia’s capital city, on the other side of the country from my home in the West. I am here writing, and researching and, in between times, walking and exploring. Why? Because I have been given the gift of time to write by the very generous May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, in the form of a Creative Time Fellowship. What th...

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Average rating: 4.04 · 755 ratings · 223 reviews · 32 distinct worksSimilar authors
Pearl Verses the World

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4.12 avg rating — 376 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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Toppling

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3.99 avg rating — 184 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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Roses Are Blue

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4.29 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 2014
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1915 (Australia's Great War...

3.86 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 2015 — 2 editions
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My Australian Story: Bushfire

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Fly-In Fly-Out Dad

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Do Not Forget Australia

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Looking Up

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Snowy's Christmas

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Sally Murphy and 5 other people liked Tehani's review of Roses Are Blue:
Roses Are Blue by Sally Murphy
"Keep your tissues handy for this one. Murphy has an astonishing skill with language and carving out emotion from her elegant verse. Make no mistake, this is definitely another verse novel, just as wonderful as Pearl versus the world and Toppling...." Read more of this review »
Sally Murphy and 1 other person liked Pauline 's review of Roses Are Blue:
Roses Are Blue by Sally Murphy
"My goodness - I dare all those mums out there to read this without shedding a tear. Just beautiful - a really difficult and heartwrenching topic dealt with in a sensitive and perceptive manner. Taps into the fears and insecurities of little people..." Read more of this review »
More of Sally's books…
“In the library
I search for a good book.
We have many books,
says Mrs. Rose, the librarian,
and ALL of them are good.
Of course she says that. It's her job.
But do I want to read about
Trucks
Trains and
Transport?
Or even
Horses
Houses and
Hyenas?

In the fiction corner
there are pink boks
full of princesses
and girls who want to be princesses
and black books
about bad boys
and brave boys
and brawny boys.

Where is the book
about a girl
whose poems don't rhyme
and whose Granny is fading?
Pearl, says Mrs. Rose, the bell has rung.

I go back to class
empty-handed
empty headed
empty-hearted.”
Sally Murphy, Pearl Verses the World

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