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Kelly Murphy, the award-winning illustrator of numerous acclaimed books for children, joins us for a virtual event to celebrate the release of her new picture book, FARAWAY THINGS. Written by National Book Award finalist Dave Eggers, FARAWAY THINGS is a beautiful adventure tale about a boy who learns that giving away something precious can lead to something even greater. During the event, Kelly will discuss the book and share her illustration process with attendees. Save your spot in the free event below.  

Kelly will personalize copies of her books ordered online from An Unlikely Story on or before June 21st. If you would like a personalized copy, please be sure to include the name of whom you'd like your book inscribed to in the order comments when checking out on our website. 

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From a bestselling author comes an evocative, classic-feeling adventure tale about a boy and his sword, and how giving away something precious leads to an even more important discovery.
Lucian's father called them faraway things, those mysterious objects orphaned upon the windswept shore, their stories long lost in the shroud of ocean fog. Lucian's discovery on the beach this particular day, though, is no ordinary faraway thing. It's a cutlass: strong, shiny, and powerful. As its history comes to light, Lucian faces a choice: cling to the sword he loves or accept a gift that shines farther, wider, and deeper than he could have ever dreamed.
Stunningly illustrated with evocative art by Kelly Murphy and written by award-winning and bestselling writer Dave Eggers, here is a profound and resonant tale about the reward of letting go.

Kelly Murphy has illustrated a number of acclaimed books for children, including the New York Times bestseller and recipient of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award Masterpiece by Elise Broach and Together We Grow by Susan Vaught. Raised in the swamps of southern New England, she occasionally made her way to the nearby ocean, where she found her own faraway things. Kelly currently lives in Providence and teaches at her alma mater, Rhode Island School of Design.

Event date: 
Monday, June 21, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Faraway Things Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316492195
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 8th, 2021

Happily for Now Cover Image
By Kelly Jones, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593179529
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 4th, 2021

The Miniature World of Marvin & James (The Masterpiece Adventures #1) Cover Image
By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250069580
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - October 20th, 2015

Signed Copies

Due to the nature of virtual events, signed copies may not always be available. Information about signed copies will be included in the event description.

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