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Sally Murphy has written children's fiction books as well as children's educational materials and primary school readers. Sally Murphy was born in Perth, Western Australia and has lived in rural Western Australia. In addition to fiction, Murphy writes reviews, notably for Reading Time, the magazine of the Children's Book Council of Australia.

Murphy is the sister-in-law of David Murphy (q.v.) with whom she has undertaken a literary collaboration.

Awards for Works

Roses Are Blue 2014 single work children's fiction

'“I have not got used to my new mum, even though I love her (I absolutely love her), but I miss my happy, painting, dancing, gardening, smiling mum.”

'Amber Rose and her family are dealing with tragedy and change. But sometimes hope suddenly blooms...

'From the award-winning author of Pearl Verses the World and Toppling comes a story about resilience and the importance of family. ' (Publication summary)

2015 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
2015 recommended Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature
Pearl Verses the World 2009 single work children's fiction children's

'A moving illustrated verse novel about a girl dealing with isolation at school, and with her grandma’s illness at home.

'At school, Pearl feels as though she is in a group of one. Her teacher wants her to write poems that rhyme but Pearl’s poems don’t. At home, however, Pearl feels safe and loved, but her grandmother is slowly fading, and so are Mum and Pearl. When her grandmother eventually passes away, Pearl wants life to go back to the way it was and refuses to talk at the funeral. But she finds the courage to deliver a poem for her grandmother that defies her teacher’s idea of poetry – her poem doesn’t rhyme; it comes from the heart.' (Publicatin summary)

2010 honour book Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2010 winner Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature Picture Book and Younger Readers
2010 winner Western Australian Young Readers' Book Award Hoffman Award
2009 winner Indie Awards Children's
2009 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Children's Book
2009 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
2009 winner Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Upper Primary Children (2003-2013)
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