The Legend of Spud Murphy

What do you get up to in your summer holidays? Have fun in the park? Visit the pool? Hang out with your friends? Brothers Will and Marty want to do all those things. But where is Mum sending them? The LIBRARY. (Groan.) Even if you’re the world’s biggest bookworm, being stuck indoors all summer is no fun. But that’s not the worst thing. The worst thing is Mrs Murphy, the dreaded librarian. If you cross her, she’ll shoot you with her gas-powered potato gun! (Just ask Ugly Frank how he got his nickname.) The only way to keep this scary librarian sweet? Showing her how much you love books…

  • Cheeky younger fiction by the Artemis Fowl author
  • A side-splitting caper for confident younger readers
  • First in a hilarious series about brothers Will and Marty
  • Eoin Colfer’s books have sold over 12 million copies

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  • loved it

    this is a brillant book love it :):):)

    26 April 2013

  • loved it

    Its a brilliand book!

    Lucia aged 10

    30 November 2011

  • loved it

    This is one of my favourite books, I love it. There is a good bit where his brother tricks him into going to get a book in the adult’s section because his brother said he’d tell him where Action Man is buried in the garden but when he gets back he reveals it’s only buried in the toy box!

    3 March 2011

  • loved it

    This book is GREAT! I loved it! It was really interesting how they never liked the library and then they were sniking out to get books even though they knew they would get punsihed very strictly! FUNNY!

    26 November 2009

  • liked it

    The Legend of Spud Murphy is an ok book – not my favourite though. It is far from realistic even down to the characters names. I have started reading Artemis Fowl – hopefully I shall enjoy that more… Watch out for my Artemis Fowl review once I have read it!

    6 June 2009

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    Eoin Colfer

    Eoin Colfer is the author of the brilliant Artemis Fowl series.


    Winner of the 2001 British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year for Artemis Fowl and the 2005 North East Book Award for The Supernaturalist.

  • Tony Ross

    Multi-award-winning Tony Ross has become one of the best-known creators of original and traditional picture books and his work has been published all over the world. As well as his own books, he has illustrated books for authors such as Roald Dahl, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin.


    Tony Ross has won a number of awards for illustration, including the Dutch Silver Paintbrush Award for the best illustrations by a foreign artist.

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