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One for the Murphys
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Overview - After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family andstruggles with opening herself up to their love, in this debut novel.   Read more...

 
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Overview
After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family andstruggles with opening herself up to their love, in this debut novel.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399256158
  • ISBN-10: 0399256156
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
  • Publish Date: May 2012
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-13


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Parents
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-03-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

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. (May)

 
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