Barbara Beasley Murphy

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"Can't Stop Ace" Series
ACE HITS THE BIG TIME by Barbara Beasley Murphy & Judie Wolkoff
Ace becomes a movie star. Named one of the Top 100 Best Teen Age Books in the Last 25 Years by the American Library Association - A CBS TELEVISION SPECIAL
ACE HITS ROCK BOTTOM by Barbara Beasley Murphy & Judie Wokloff
Gangs, disguises, and love - A fast-paced, funny story of teenagers New York City, played for a few heart tugs as well as laughs.
ACE FLIES LIKE AN EAGLE
When his acting career goes bad, Ace takes a journey of discovery with his dad from the streets of New York City to an American Indian Pueblo and his future
Museum of New Mexico Museo Kids Series
LIFE! HOW I LOVE YOU!
Lily finds Frida Kahlo in the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts
MIGUEL LOST AND FOUND IN THE PALACE
Miguel discovers his homeland in the New Mexico Museum of History
Other Novels for Kids
ANNIE AND THE ANIMALS
10-year-old Annie comes up with a risky plan to rescue two animals that are being mistreated
ANNIE AT THE RANCH
Annie, the animal rescuer of Syracuse, heads West.
TRIPPING THE RUNNER
Learning about life on the streets of New York



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LIFE! HOW I LOVE YOU!
In trouble again, twelve-year-old Lily Le Roy has to spend her Sunday in the Fine Arts Museum in Santa Fe. Suddenly, punishment turns into a mystery when Frida Kahlo whispers fiercely from inside one of her paintings, "Life! How I love you!"

Thus begins Lilly's journey in how art can help her "memorize" her older sister, who is terribly sick, and to deal with something no one ever wants to face. Learning these lessons while becoming an artist herself, Lily negotiates a path through a terrible, blessed time and finds a life she loves.

MIGUEL LOST AND FOUND IN THE PALACE
Miguel Rivera is the new kid in town, a young Mexican living with his family near the border in Texas. It isn't bad enough that he has to deal with the class bully, Joey Jeter Cortes, and his mean substitute-teacher mother, he's also struggling with his family to find their place in the new world. One day in Santa Fe, Miguel is chased by bullies and takes refuge in the Palace of the Governors. There, among the old and dusty artifacts of the Kingdom of New Spain, Miguel learns about his homeland and what it means to be a boy full of pride and confidence in America.

"A charmingly written coming-of-age account about an undocumented Mexican immigrant . . . Murphy captures both the pain and the joy of growing up in and between two cultures . . . Understanding the wisdom, values, and historical contributions of one]s people is vital to the healthy development of our youth. Barbara Murphy underscores this truth in her moving book." - Yolanda Nava, author of It's All in the Frijoles

"I just finished the book. I couldn't keep my nose out of it." - Andrew Scott, age 13, Pearl Fiver High School

ACE HITS THE BIG TIME
by Barbara Beasley Murphy
& Judie Wolkoff

Horace Hobart is the hew kid on the block in New York City, and he's scared. His sister warns that the Purple Falcon Gang is going to cream him. Wearing his wild uncle's dragon jacket and an eye patch, he takes the name "Ace" and fools the falcons. Looking tough now, he's recruited to act in a low-budget film and gets parts for his new friends. When the Piranha Gang disrupts the filming, Ace has to confront the bloodthirsty bunch. Then he has to figure out a way to stop wearing the sweaty eye patch in front of his friends . . .

Even if you're never scared like Ace was, you can read this book just for laughs. "Fast-paced, written with humor and flair, the first-person narrative is a side-splitting comedy of errors in the Damon Runyon tradition," says The Horn Book Magazine.

CBS TELEVISION SPECIAL now available on videotape

ACE HITS ROCK BOTTOM
by Barbara Beasley Murphy & Judie Wokloff

"Horace, get up and get a job!" his mom yells one summer morning, forgetting he's Ace Hobart, Hot Property. That's what Marilyn Maroon calls him, and she directed his movie with the Purple Falcons. So she ought to know! Ace and the falcons want to stay in show biz, so they have to hunt for acting jobs . . . fast!

They find theater work in a rest home for famous actors - but is this any place for teenagers? Ace has to play an old French guy with a big, ugly nose. Lurking outside the theater, the Falcons' rival gang, the Pirahnas, plan pyromaniac tricks. And on opening night, when he sees the huge, live audience, he's so scared he can't get himself on stage. Even if you're always totally sure of yourself (and are you really SURE you're sure?), you'll enjoy reading this book for essential information.

"A welcome companion to ACE HITS THE BIG TIME. . . ." - School Library Journal

ACE FLIES LIKE AN EAGLE
One summer night Ace's dad says, "We're going on a journey to find my roots and my bliss." About to protest that he'd rather hang out at home in New York City, Ace wonders if he's related to someone like Humphrey Bogart or Buffalo Bill. Their quest takes them to a place in America that Ace never knew existed. In the high desert of the Rockies, they discover Dad's father, who introduces them to a life that makes Ace and his father powerful men.

Even if you've never gone on a "hero's journey," find out how Ace quits worrying about what others think of him by becoming "Eagle Feather" in a secret, heroic world.

"The detailed and accurate description of . . . the Pueblo Indian world is important to the reader because of the mysterious and complicated life that exists there." - Paul D. Rainbird, San Ildefonso Pueblo, museum director for the Institute of American Indian Arts

Named one of the Best Books for Reluctant Readers by the American Library Association

ANNIE AND THE ANIMALS
Annie, age 10, loves animals, but her father's allergies prevent her from having a pet. Instead, Annie befriends animals in the neighborhood, like the old German shepherd Fritz. He belongs to "Old Snootface," mean Mrs. Bardan who never pets him or lets him out of his cage. Annie has a plan, however. She has been spending her allowance on dog food, waiting for just the right moment to rescue Fritz.

When she and her two friends discover a stray, starving kitten, Annie knows it's time for action. She and her friends carry out the rescue mission, but then must face the consequences of their actions.

"Annie is a lively, admirable protagonist. She and her two friends shine in an entertaining story with special interest for young animal lovers." - Publishers Weekly

ANNIE AT THE RANCH
Annie Oberwager has never taken care of horses, mares, foals and pigs, but everyone knows how much she loves animals, so Aunt Rosie invites her to help out on the ranch.

She makes wonderful friends with the animals, but not with Francisco, the grouchy Pueblo Indian boy working there. He won't even talk to her and wishes she'd go home . . . until one morning a newborn foal gets caught in life-threatening danger, and Annie and Francisco have to figure out together how to save the baby horse's life.

TRIPPING THE RUNNER
When Bill Janssen moves to New York, he runs with streetwise Milo the Cougar to learn how to survive.

One night Milo persuades him to spray paint an old tramp. Suddenly, Bill is on the run - from the memory of the man dripping orange and green paint and screaming with fear, from the cops and from himself.









































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