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One for the Murphysby Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family's love
Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong--until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new future.
"Hunt's writing is fearless and One For The Murphys is a story that is at once compassionate, thought-provoking and beautifully told. From the first page, I was drawn into Carley's story. She is a character not to be missed or forgotten." —Jacqueline Woodson, three-time Newbery Honor author of After Tupac and D Foster
Winner of the Tassy Walden Award for New Voice in Children's Literature
"When 12-year-old Carley Conners is put into foster care, she is angry and distrustful of the picture-perfect Murphy family. Carley's mother is in the hospital after a savage beating by Carley's stepfather, and while Carley has forgotten some details of that night, she partly blames herself for what happened. Mrs. Murphy works hard to gain Carley's trust, and Carley comes to love her foster mother deeply. Life with the Murphys contrasts with Carley's old life of poverty with a mother who often dismantled her confidence. At times melodramatic and perhaps overly emotionally manipulative, Hunt's debut novel is nothing if not a tearjerker — scenes at home with the Murphy family, as well as those in which Carley builds a tentative friendship at school, are undeniably affecting. Hunt's writing is strong and her characters well-developed and believable; if Carley's narration and frequent quips sometimes read as too polished, readers will still be drawn into this story of a girl's struggle against the ingrained belief that she is undeserving of kindness and generosity. Ages 10 — up. Agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Lynda Mullaly Hunt received the Tassy Walden Award for her first draft of One for the Murphys, which is her debut novel. She lives in Marlborough, Connecticut.
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