Thursday, January 28, 2010

YALSA announces 2010 Margaret A. Edwards Award

Jim Murphy is the recipient of the 2010 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens.

Murphy’s well-researched books bring history alive through multiple narratives involving young people. Primary sources, maps, photos, illustrations and dialogue reveal the drama of historical events, making Murphy’s books fast-paced reading of particular interest for young adults. The reader participates in the lives of these individuals and the events that shaped history.

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 tells the story of the devastating course of the epidemic and highlights the heroic efforts of some, and the ignorance of others, to curb this disease that has yet to be eradicated.

Blizzard! The Storm that Changed America tells the chilling story of the three-day 1888 storm that crippled the East Coast.

The Great Fire reveals the myriad events that led to the catastrophic fire that destroyed much of Chicago in 1871.

The Long Road to Gettysburg details perspectives of young soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and the events that culminated in the Gettysburg Address.

A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy follows 15-year-old Joseph Plumb Martin, from his enlistment through the many battles and hardships of the American Revolution.

We're big fans of Mr. Murphy and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on this well-deserved honor!