Acclaimed nonfiction author Jim Murphy now turns his hand to spinning yarns. Fergus O’Mara, a resourceful Irish lad, is especially clever at avoiding work. On his way to an evening of fun, he encounters the dreaded Night-Demon. Fergus keeps on walking, but this demon means business, and our hero will have to work hard to get himself out of a “grave” situation.
With haunting humor and high spirits, Jim Murphy and John Manders have created a suspenseful tale that’s scary enough for a Halloween read-aloud and funny enough to be enjoyed at any time. Author’s note.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Product dimensions:||8.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
JOHN MANDERS has illustrated more than a dozen award-winning books for children, including Humphrey, Albert, and the Flying Machine by Kathryn Lasky. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can visit his website at www.johnmanders.com.
Jim Murphy 's nonfiction books have received numerous awards, among them two Newbery Honors, the Sibert Medal, three Orbis Pictus awards, the Margaret A. Edwards award, the James Madison Book Award, and a National Book Award nomination. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jim lives in Maplewood, NJ, with his family. jimmurphybooks.com.
What People are Saying About This
"Murphy turns his honed nonfiction hand to spinning folklore...just the right jaunty exaggeration and haunting humor." Kirkus Reviews
"Murphy's tale is pleasingly full of blarney, and Manders' comic illustrations offset the meance of the night-demon." Booklist, ALA
"Children will appreciate this humorous ghost story; it makes a good read-aloud choice." School Library Journal
"An original tale in which a...lad from the Emerald Isle uses wit...to wiggle out of a spooky scrape." Publishers Weekly
"The tale's a lively one, with clever Fergus repeatedly besting the monster, and it's a good choice for reading aloud." Horn Book Guide