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 with whom she has undertaken a literary collaboration.
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'Now that John's best friend is sick, hanging out with his pals isn't the same. But what can they do? A kid-friendly story of silliness, sadness, and solidarity. John lives for that satisfying clink of dominoes as they topple in a perfectly timed rhythm of his own design. His sister thinks he's a dork, but all he cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes -- that and hanging out with his best friends at school. But when his closest friend, Dom, gets sick and ends up in the hospital, John and the gang are left behind, wondering what to do for him. Author Sally Murphy shows what a group of friends, together with an unlikely ally, will do to keep the world of one of their own from toppling.' (Publication summary)
'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.' (Publication summary)