New Release Books by Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy is the author of Luck of the Draw (2023), Fearless Heart (2022), If Walls Could Speak Mine Would Blush (2020), Frederick Douglass (2019) and other 89 books.

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Luck of the Draw

release date: Jan 10, 2023
Luck of the Draw
The epic true story of an American hero who flew during WWII, soon to be featured in the upcoming Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks Apple TV Series, Masters of the Air. Beginning on August 17, 1942, American heavy bomber crews of the Eighth Air Force took off for combat in the hostile skies over occupied Europe. The final price was staggering. 4,300 B-17s and B-24s failed to return; nearly 21,000 men were taken prisoner or interned in a neutral country, and a further 17,650 made the ultimate sacrifice. Luck of the Draw is more than a war story. It’s the incredible, inspiring story of Frank Murphy, one of the few survivors from the 100th Bombardment Group, who cheated death for months in a German POW camp after being shot out of his B-17 Flying Fortress. Now with a new foreword written by his granddaughter Chloe Melas, of CNN, and daughter Elizabeth Murphy. “A gripping, inspirational account of incredible bravery, resilience, and sheer will to survive. A truly extraordinary story!” —General David Petraeus, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Fearless Heart

release date: Jan 25, 2022
Fearless Heart
A vibrant picture book biography of Surya Bonaly, the figure skating champion who backflipped her way into history As a young girl in France, Surya Bonaly was constantly in motion, gifted in any sport she tried. But it was figure skating that had her heart. Surya knew she belonged on the ice. Her colorful costumes, exuberant routines, powerful jumps, and daring combinations were all expressions of her love for skating and her ambition to push the boundaries of what a figure skating champion could look like. Some people weren''t sure Surya belonged on top of the podium. "Is she graceful enough?" they asked. "Does she look like a skater?" But Surya''s fearless heart propelled her to always stay true to herself while pursuing her boldest dreams. Culminating in her iconic backflip performed at the 1998 Olympics, Fearless Heart is a lushly illustrated, lyrical story of self-expression and courage.

If Walls Could Speak Mine Would Blush

release date: Mar 16, 2020
If Walls Could Speak Mine Would Blush
Unfiltered poet and writer Frank Murphy delivers a no nonsense full throttle book that pulls no punches writing about whiskey women and everything in between. Delivering laughs with deep hard hitting writes about life. If you like writing with an edge then you will dig this book.

Frederick Douglass

release date: Dec 31, 2019
Frederick Douglass
Learn about the abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his fight for freedom in this Step 3 Biography Reader! Frederick Douglass was a keystone figure in the abolitionist movement, and his story has impacted generations of people fighting for civil rights in America. He was born to an enslaved mother and grew up with the horrors of slavery. In the course of his childhood, he was able to learn to read, and soon realized that reading and language were a source of power, and could be the keys to his freedom. Frederick Douglass spoke and wrote about injustice and equality, and his words profoundly affected the conversation about slavery in America. His activism will resonate with kids today who are observing and participating in our activist culture. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics--for children who are ready to read on their own.

Stand Up for Respect

release date: Aug 01, 2019
Stand Up for Respect
Stand Up for Respect in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being respectful and earning the respect of others. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.

Stand Up to Bullying

release date: Aug 01, 2019
Stand Up to Bullying
Stand Up to Bullying in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being a good friend and the hazards of bullying. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.

Stand Up for Responsibility

release date: Aug 01, 2019
Stand Up for Responsibility
Stand Up for Responsibility in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being responsible. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.

Stand Up for Trustworthiness

release date: Aug 01, 2019
Stand Up for Trustworthiness
Stand Up for Trustworthiness in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being trustworthy. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.

Stand Up for Fairness

release date: Aug 01, 2019
Stand Up for Fairness
Stand Up for Fairness in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being fair. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.

Stand Up for Sportsmanship

release date: Aug 01, 2019
Stand Up for Sportsmanship
Stand Up for Sportsmanship in the Growing Character series teaches young readers about the value of being a good sport in all aspects of their lives. This book is intended to help build a foundation for students to develop into morally responsible, compassionate citizens and, with examples, show them how to make the choices that will let them grow into people of character. All books in the 21st Century Skills Junior library encourage readers to think critically and creatively, and use their problem-solving skills. Book includes table of contents, sidebars, glossary, index, activities, and author biography.

A Boy Like You

release date: Jul 15, 2019
A Boy Like You
There''s more to being a boy than sports, feats of daring, and keeping a stiff upper lip. A Boy Like You encourages every boy to embrace all the things that make him unique, to be brave and ask for help, to tell his own story and listen to the stories of those around him. In an age when boys are expected to fit into a particular mold, this book celebrates all the wonderful ways to be a boy.

Brave Clara Barton

release date: Feb 27, 2018
Brave Clara Barton
A Step 3 beginning-reader biography of Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross Clara Barton! Meet a woman who outgrew her girhood shyness to became a fearless "Angel of the Battlefield"! This Step 3 biography follows Clara as she helps her brother recover from a terrible injury, overcomes her timidity and works as a teacher, and finally fights her way to the front lines of the Civil War, where she helps soldiers wounded in battle. Clara''s story is a testament to the strength and grit of women, and is a role model who trancends history. Sarah Green''s lovely and delicate illustrations render Clara''s life in an appropriate and approachable way for young readers. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics. For children who are ready to read on their own.

Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt!

release date: Dec 22, 2015
Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt!
A Step 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader about Theodore Roosevelt—America''s 26th President—and his efforts to protect our environment and establish national parks. Roosevelt battled asthma all his life, and the list of things he shouldn’t do was long. But when people told him “you can’t,” he set about proving them wrong. This book focuses on his inexhaustible enthusiasm and his commitment to preserving America’s natural resources. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics. These books are for children who are ready to read on their own.

The Legend of the Teddy Bear

release date: Aug 15, 2013
The Legend of the Teddy Bear
While nearly everyone has a memory of their own favorite tattered teddy bear, the details of the day President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear have been lost to time. Now, nearly 100 years later, the legend that has grown around that fateful encounter will captivate you in this delightful tale.Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen brings his magical touch to another great American legend with illustratons for the origins of America''s favorite stuffed animal and how it got its name. Author Frank Murphy shares the history and lucky timing of two candy store entrepreneurs who took the story of President Theodore Roosevelt''s warm-hearted gesture in refusing to shoot a cornered bear and turned it into a legend of the toy world. Relive the memory of your own timeless, tattered "Teddy''s" bear with The Legend of the Teddy Bear.

A Teacher Like You

release date: Mar 15, 2021
A Teacher Like You
Teachers have the power to change the life of a child with every new school day. Whether they''re discovering math or reading, practicing a new instrument or a new sport, or learning about our wonderful, diverse world, students can count on the kindness, innovation, and patience of a teacher. This is a wonderful celebration of all the ways teachers help their student''s bloom.

A Friend Like You

release date: Aug 15, 2021
A Friend Like You
"There''s nothing in the world like a wonderful friend. Friends are there to laugh with you and ready with a hug when you need one. Adventure friends and study friends. There are forever friends and brand new friends. In this book, celebrate ALL the marvelous ways to be a friend!"--

A Girl Like You

release date: Jan 01, 2020
A Girl Like You
Every girl is a wonder! A Girl Like You encourages girls to embrace what makes them unique, to choose kindness, and to be their own advocates. In an age when girls can be whatever they want, this books reminds them of all the ways to be beautiful, brilliant, and uniquely themselves.

Babe Ruth Saves Baseball!

release date: Feb 27, 2013
Babe Ruth Saves Baseball!
Batter up! It’s 1919 and baseball is in trouble! All across the country, people are throwing down their bats, and giving up America’s national pastime. It’s up to Babe Ruth to win back fans and save baseball! Can he do it, or will he strike out?

George Washington and the General's Dog

release date: Feb 12, 2013
George Washington and the General's Dog
Children will delight at this little-known-story about our nation''s first president, George Washington, that makes for perfect President''s Day readers! Boom! Bang! Guns fire! Cannons roar! This Step 3 History Reader is about George Washington fighting in the American Revolution. He sees a dog lost on the battlefield. Whose dog is it? How will it find its master? Early readers will be surprised to find out what happens in this little-known true story about America’s first president. Step 3 Readers feature engaging characters in easy-to-follow plots about popular topics. These books are for children who are ready to read on their own.

Thomas Jefferson's Feast

release date: Feb 12, 2013
Thomas Jefferson's Feast
Whether they''re preparing for President''s Day or whether they just like to eat, children will find much to devour in this leveled reader about Thomas Jefferson''s role in America''s culinary history! Did you know that every time you munch on a french fry or snack on ice cream, you have Thomas Jefferson to thank? It’s true! This founding father was one of America’s first foodies. After a visit to France, he introduced all sorts of yummy treats to America—including one that upset more than just tummies and created a culinary controversy! Get the scoop in this deliciously funny, true story—guaranteed to tempt even the most reluctant readers!

The Spirit of Tea

release date: Jan 14, 2013
The Spirit of Tea
"The Spirit of Tea" is a radical departure from all of the tea books on the market today. It touches upon tea''s transcendental nature that no book has yet examined. While a lot is written about tea''s healing benefits and curative properties, tea''s more spiritual and mystical attributes gets little attention. The author was motivated to write this book because of the profound absence of information in this area. What is it that keeps us coming back to humanity''s favorite beverage next to water. Forget about English tea, cucumber sandwiches and petite fours. You won''t find them here because controversial aspects of tea''s intrinsic qualities are discussed. Myths about tea are debunked while others are reanimated while the reader is also given practical information, including the history and characteristics, special properties and features of the sixclassical catagories of tea: White, Yellow, Green, Oolong, Black (or Red in China), and Puerh teas. All are explained in great detail with information their varieties, their traditions, the nature of each, brewing techniques, along with an fascinating narrative. (1166)

Moon Tahiti & French Polynesia

release date: Jan 02, 2018
Moon Tahiti & French Polynesia
Make Your Escape with Moon Tahiti & French Polynesia! Sparkling lagoons, verdant islands, and a vast marine wonderland of coral reefs: welcome to Tahiti and French Polynesia. What You''ll Find in Moon Tahiti & French Polynesia: Expert, local author Frank Murphy shares everything he''s learned about his island home Full-color guidebook with vibrant, helpful photos Detailed directions and maps for exploring on your own Strategic itineraries such as The Best of French Polynesia, The Life Aquatic, Romance in the South Seas, Best Beaches, Surfing Tahiti, Back to Nature, and Polynesian Archaeology Activities and ideas for every traveler: Sail across sparkling waves and hike lush trails, or relax at a high end resort for a romantic getaway. Taste French Polynesia''s signature dish, poisson cru. Dive into the beauty and wonder of the coral reefs, or explore valleys with archaeological sites. Learn to surf, explore the Tuamotu islands, or relax on the beach with a local brew Accurate information, including background on the history and culture Handy tools such as travel tips, safety information, and an easy to navigate format, all packaged in a book light enough for your beach bag With Moon Tahiti & French Polynesia''s practical tips, myriad activities, and an insider''s view on the best things to do and see, you can plan your trip your way.

George, Thomas, and Abe!

release date: Jan 01, 2012
George, Thomas, and Abe!
Features three biographies, including Washington, the general with a soft spot for animals; Jefferson, the statesman who was a foodie at heart; and Lincoln, the lawyer whos compassionate caseload foretold his presidency.

Sister + Brother = TROUBLE (A Memoir)

release date: Feb 06, 2010
Sister + Brother = TROUBLE (A Memoir)
Author Frank Murphy details his childhood exploits with his sister. From trouble with electricity to Disneyland rides in the backyard to the revenge of the Barbie doll, Frank''s memoirs are unforgettable!

WIA Corpsman Up!

release date: Jan 01, 2003
WIA Corpsman Up!
A face on the Action Reports of WIAs. 17 Marines and one Corpsman tell their stories. It starts with a brief of their childhood, why they wanted to go in the Marine Corps or Navy, first day of boot camp, their training and first combat. Then, the events that led up to their being wounded followed by their recuperation and their life after military service. The last story is from a Navy Nurse who served aboard the hospital ship, USS Repose in the waters of Vietnam. She tells her impressions of what war does to our young fighting men and how that experience shaped her future.

Sun, Moon, and Stars

release date: Jan 01, 2001
Sun, Moon, and Stars
This engaging thematic unit includes songs, pocket-chart poems, word-wall activities, mini-books, hands-on math and science activities, easy-to-make manipulatives, literature links, and more, which are all related to the sun, the moon, and the stars. Includes a big, colorful poster. Illustrations.

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares

release date: Jan 01, 2001
Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares
Shows how Benjamin Franklin--inventor, writer, and scientist--created a puzzle called the magic square to keep from being bored while serving as clerk for the Pennsylvania Assembly, and includes step-by-step instructions for creating your own magic squares. Simultaneous.

The Case for American-Irish Unity

release date: Mar 01, 2013
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