One for the Murphys by Lynda 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.

About Lynda Hunt

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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.
Published May 10, 2012 by Puffin. 240 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Fiction

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Sent to a foster home after a beating from her stepfather, eighth-grader Carley Connors learns about a different kind of family life, first resisting and then resisting having to leave the loving, loyal Murphys.

May 01 2012 | Read Full Review of One for the Murphys

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When she tells me I’m funny, I am… I swear, if she told me I was a duck, I’d be checking in my high-tops for webbed feet.” Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s debut novel is powerful, honest, and heart-breakingly beautiful.

Apr 27 2012 | Read Full Review of One for the Murphys


The three awesome and totally different sons, Mr. Murphy, and of course, Mrs. Murphy.

May 15 2012 | Read Full Review of One for the Murphys

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