Fergus and the Night-Demon by Jim Murphy

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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.

About Jim Murphy

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Jim Murphy is the author of An American Plague , which received the Sibert Medal and a Newbery Honor and was selected as a National Book Award finalist. His Clarion titles include The Boys' War and other award-winning nonfiction as well as a picture book, Fergus and the Night-Demon . He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his family. For more information visit www.jimmurphybooks.com. 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 .
Published September 18, 2006 by Clarion Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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When the Night-Demon shows him a headstone that reads, “Here Lies Fergus O’Mara, A Lazy Good for Nothing Lad,” Fergus tells him the lazy Fergus he’s after lives some 20 miles off.

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Paying homage to the traditions of Irish folklore, Murphy (The Great Fire ) crafts an original tale in which a lazy lad from the Emerald Isle uses wit and words to wiggle out of a spooky scrape.

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