Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.
Best Books for Young Adults, 2010 American Library Association Best Children's Books of the Year, 2010 Bank Street College of Education Booklist Editors Choice: Books for Youth, 2009 American Library Association Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2009 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Choices, 2010 Cooperative Children's Book Center Notable Books for a Global Society, 2010 Children's Literature Special Interest Group IRA Notable Children's Books, 2010 ALSC American Library Association School Library Journal Best Books,2009 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010 American Library Association* "Well organized and clearly written, this presentation vividly portrays the context and events of the Christmas Truce." -- Booklist, starred review*"Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, from letters home, diaries and recollections of combatants to archival photographs and prints, the author allows the principles to speak...he leaves kids with the provocative thought that war need not be inevitable, that the truce 'offered reassurance that a kinder, humane spirit could prevail.'" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review