New Release Books by Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy is the author of A Merry Little Meet Cute (2022), In It Together (2022), Serendipity (2022), Faith: Greater Heights (2021) and other 66 books.

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A Merry Little Meet Cute

release date: Sep 20, 2022
A Merry Little Meet Cute
‘The audacity of this magical author duo to sneak in and steal Christmas in the sexiest way possible . . . the charming holiday romp you absolutely need in your life!’ TESSA BAILEY ‘The holiday romcom of my dreams! Sexy, progressive, hilarious, and full of good cheer’ HELEN HOANG

In It Together

release date: Feb 24, 2022
In It Together
The year of 2020 was hard and heavy, yet it also provided new experiences, important lessons, and opportunities. In It Together playfully and powerfully provides a story of the year that unifies the audience. It touches on activities that evolved for children and families during the days of quarantine. It touches on the events that unfolded in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement. And it touches on the politics and election of the year. In It Together encourages us that we can do better together.

Serendipity

release date: Jan 04, 2022
Serendipity
Love is in the air in Serendipity, a collection of stories inspired by romantic tropes and edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer. The secret admirer. The fake relationship. The matchmaker. From stories of first love, unrequited love, love that surprises, love that’s been there all along, 10 of the brightest and award-winning authors writing YA have taken on some of your favorite romantic tropes, embracing them and turning them on their heads. Readers will fall for this collection of stories that celebrate love at its most humorous, inclusive, heart-expanding, and serendipitous. Contributors include Elise Bryant, Elizabeth Eulberg, Leah Johnson, Anna-Marie McLemore, Marissa Meyer, Sandhya Menon, Julie Murphy, Caleb Roehrig, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Abigail Hing Wen.

Faith: Greater Heights

release date: Nov 02, 2021
Faith: Greater Heights
From Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, comes the exciting conclusion in the origin story of fan-favorite comic character Faith—a fierce, plus-size superhero. Faith Herbert can finally admit that she’s not a regular teen—and take advantage of her new flying superpowers. After the chaos of her first semester, Faith just wants to end her senior year in a normal way—enjoying all the hallmarks of graduating high school, like prom, with her best friends Matt and Ches. But a cryptic warning about psiots going missing and a rash of inexplicable fires means things are off to a strange start. Life goes from weird to worse when Colleen Bristow, the quiet nerd-turned-supervillain, reappears, acting like nothing ever happened. As if that weren’t enough, rumored sightings of Faith’s ex, the beautiful Dakota Ash, who was thought to have died months ago in the warehouse fire that exposed more than a few secrets, start to emerge. Faith can’t seem to shake Dakota’s betrayal from that tragic day, but she also can’t help hoping the rumors are true. . . . As Faith tries to balance her quest for a memorable senior year and the heartbreak of Grandma Lou’s increasing decline, she learns to have faith in herself—and that sometimes fate will point you in the right direction.

Pumpkin

release date: May 24, 2022
Pumpkin
Return to the beloved world of Julie Murphy''s #1 New York Times bestselling Dumplin''--now a popular Netflix feature film starring Jennifer Aniston--in this fabulously joyful, final companion novel about drag, prom, and embracing your inner Queen. Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth. So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn''t count on is the tape getting accidentally shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem''s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king. Waylon and Hannah decide there''s only one thing to do: run--and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson. Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .

Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths

release date: Nov 01, 2021
Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths
High in the Australian Alps, Possum needs to find enough food and shelter to survive the harsh alpine winter. She will spend months hibernating under a blanket of snow. Will she last through the year to successfully raise a new family? The mountain pygmy-possum is small in size but huge in appeal! Once thought to be extinct, there are now around 2500 of these tiny survivors in the wild. They need snow and bogong moths to survive, and also the support of great conservation work. Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 6 to 9.

Odd Bods

release date: Aug 01, 2021
Odd Bods
A close-up look at weird and wonderful animals from around the world

If the Shoe Fits

release date: Aug 03, 2021
If the Shoe Fits
"If the Shoe Fits encompasses everything I love about rom-coms. I laughed, I swooned, I smiled. Another hit for Julie Murphy!" —Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Hopeless If the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own. Cindy loves shoes. A well-placed bow or a chic stacked heel is her form of self-expression. As a fashion-obsessed plus-size woman, she can never find designer clothes that work on her body, but a special pair of shoes always fits just right. With a shiny new design degree but no job in sight, Cindy moves back in with her stepmother, Erica Tremaine, the executive producer of the world’s biggest dating reality show. When a contestant on Before Midnight bows out at the last minute, Cindy is thrust into the spotlight. Showcasing her killer shoe collection on network TV seems like a great way to jump-start her career. And, while she’s at it, why not go on a few lavish dates with an eligible suitor? But being the first and only fat contestant on Before Midnight turns her into a viral sensation—and a body-positivity icon—overnight. Even harder to believe? She can actually see herself falling for this Prince Charming. To make it to the end, despite the fans, the haters, and a house full of fellow contestants she’s not sure she can trust, Cindy will have to take a leap of faith and hope her heels— and her heart—don’t break in the process. Best-selling author Julie Murphy’s reimagining of a beloved fairy tale is an enchanting story of self-love and believing in the happy ending each and every one of us deserves.

Pumpkin ()

release date: May 25, 2021
Pumpkin ()
Return to the beloved world of Julie Murphy''s #1 New York Times bestselling Dumplin''--now a popular Netflix feature film starring Jennifer Aniston--in this fabulously joyful, final companion novel about drag, prom, and embracing your inner Queen. Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth. So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn''t count on is the tape getting accidentally shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem''s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king. Waylon and Hannah decide there''s only one thing to do: run--and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson. Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .

As If Something Happened

release date: Mar 27, 2020
As If Something Happened
A thrilling YA novel that proves "some people are anaphylactic to each other." “...a humorously told and entertaining story that will appeal to YA fans and readers who enjoy young urban fantasy. The story is told in an absorbing first-person narrative and the exciting voice of the protagonist is hard to resist. The plot took me on a path I never anticipated... As If Something Happened is told by a master storyteller and features a young female protagonist who is richly developed and whose sense of humor is exceptionally depicted in the story.” —Jose Cornelio for Readers'' Favorite Fourteen-year-old, Laura “Elmur” Murphy figures that her genetic makeup has disadvantaged her. When she was five and wanted to be the pretty Indian Princess in the school play, she was given the part of a cowboy named Rag-time Joe instead. So, on the day freshmen from selected high schools throughout the world are injected with someone else’s genes as part of “Stepping Away from I’ness,” Elmur decides she wants to see the world from someone else’s point of view. But after a sick twist of fate, she finds herself on the run with a group of other student misfits. In a real-life video game of strength and wits, Elmur must become the hero of her own story or risk becoming someone she doesn’t recognize.

Dear Sweet Pea

release date: Oct 01, 2019
Dear Sweet Pea
The first middle grade novel from Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ (now a popular Netflix film), is a funny, heartwarming story perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead, Ali Benjamin, and Holly Goldberg Sloan. Four starred reviews! Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?” Dividing her time between two homes is not easy. And it doesn’t help that at school, Sweet Pea is now sitting right next to her ex–best friend, Kiera, a daily reminder of the friendship that once was. Things might be unbearable if Sweet Pea didn’t have Oscar—her new best friend—and her fifteen-pound cat, Cheese. Then one day Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column. And Sweet Pea happens to recognize the handwriting on one of the envelopes. What she decides to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of “Miss Flora Mae I?”

Our Stories, Our Voices

release date: Aug 14, 2018
Our Stories, Our Voices
“Truthful and empowering.” —Booklist From Amy Reed, Ellen Hopkins, Amber Smith, Nina LaCour, Sandhya Menon, and more of your favorite YA authors comes an “outstanding anthology” (School Library Connection) of essays that explore the diverse experiences of injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America. This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors—including award-winning and bestselling writers—touches on a powerful range of topics related to growing up female in today’s America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity. Sure to inspire hope and solidarity to anyone who reads it, Our Stories, Our Voices belongs on every young woman’s shelf. This anthology features essays from Martha Brockenbrough, Jaye Robin Brown, Sona Charaipotra, Brandy Colbert, Somaiya Daud, Christine Day, Alexandra Duncan, Ilene Wong (I.W.) Gregorio, Maurene Goo. Ellen Hopkins, Stephanie Kuehnert, Nina LaCour, Anna-Marie LcLemore, Sandhya Menon, Hannah Moskowitz, Julie Murphy, Aisha Saeed, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Amber Smith, and Tracy Walker.

Puddin'

release date: May 08, 2018
Puddin'
The irresistible companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dumplin’, now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, and a soundtrack by Dolly Parton! Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream of being a newscaster—and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing that they might have more in common than they ever imagined. A story about unexpected friendship, romance, and Texas-size girl power, this is another winner from Julie Murphy.

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles

release date: Dec 19, 2017
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
You may think you know the love triangle, but you''ve never seen love triangles like these. A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet. What do all these stories have in common? The love triangle. These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss. This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff. “Upends expectations and poses ‘questions about self-determination and what it means to embrace the power of choice.’” —USA Today

Vampires Never Get Old:

release date: May 25, 2021
Vampires Never Get Old:
Eleven diverse vampire stories from YA s leading voices, including V.E. Schwab''s First Kill, soon to be a major Netflix adaptation! SINK YOUR TEETH INTO THIS... In this delicious new collection, you''ll find eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction''s leading voices. Enter ''The House of Black Sapphires'' by Dhonielle Clayton, and discover the secret world of vampires and magic behind the doors of New Orleans. Meet ‘The Boys From Blood River’ by Rebecca Roanhorse and their enticing power and terrible sacrifices. And in V.E. Schwab''s ''First Kill'', witness the centuries-old struggle between vampire and slayer – and the thrill of forbidden love. Vampires lurking on social media, vampires hungry for more than just blood, vampires coming out – and going out for their first kill – this collection puts a new spin on the age-old classic. WELCOME TO THE EVOLUTION OF THE VAMPIRE – AND A REVOLUTION ON THE PAGE SAMIRA AHMED DHONIELLE CLAYTON ZORAIDA CÓRDOVA AND NATALIE C. PARKER TESSA GRATTON HEIDI HEILIG JULIE MURPHY MARK OSHIRO REBECCA ROANHORSE LAURA RUBY VICTORIA “V. E.” SCHWAB KAYLA WHALEY

Ramona Blue

release date: May 09, 2017
Ramona Blue
The fourth novel from Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’—now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, with a soundtrack by Dolly Parton! For fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson, Julie Murphy has created another fearless heroine, Ramona Blue, in a gorgeously evocative novel about family, friendship, and how sometimes love can be more fluid than you first think. Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever. The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

Anglerfish

release date: Aug 01, 2014
Anglerfish
The ocean is home to a variety of fascinating animals. Strange Sea Creatures: Anglerfish dives in and gives readers a chance to explore this little-known creature. This captivating book provides fascinating facts about these under water animals, including their varied physical traits, habitats, food sources, life cycles, and more. Strange Sea Creatures: Anglerfish provides an interactive approach to teaching life science. The book introduces basic concepts and ideas while also providing activities and exercises that engage students in processes and skills that are essential to scientific learning and discovery.

Dumplin'

release date: Sep 15, 2015
Dumplin'
Now a popular Netflix feature film, starring Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, and Dove Cameron, as well as a soundtrack from Dolly Parton! The #1 New York Times bestseller and feel-good YA of the year—about Willowdean Dixon, the fearless, funny, and totally unforgettable heroine who takes on her small town’s beauty pageant. Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Whose Baby Is This?

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Whose Baby Is This?
Young readers answer questions about which adult baby animals grow up to be.

Side Effects May Vary

release date: Mar 18, 2014
Side Effects May Vary
The first book from Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin''—now a Netflix feature film starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, with a soundtrack by Dolly Parton! For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel about a girl with cancer who creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list that sets off a war at school—only to discover she''s gone into remission. When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend, Harvey, to help her with a crazy bucket list that''s as much about revenge as it is about hope. But just when Alice''s scores are settled, she goes into remission, and now she must face the consequences of all she''s said and done. Contemporary realistic fiction readers who love romantic stories featuring strong heroines will find much to savor in this standout debut.

Whose Home Is This?

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Whose Home Is This?
"Simple text and full-color photos ask multiple-choice questions about which animal lives in each home"--Provided by publisher.

Ocean Animal Adaptations

release date: Aug 01, 2011
Ocean Animal Adaptations
"Simple text and photographs describe ocean animal adaptations"--Provided by publisher.
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