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One for the Murphys

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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May 10, 2012 | 288 Pages
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* “Carley is a modern-day Gilly Hopkins, bright and strong, angry and deeply hurt. . . . By the end of this poignant debut, readers will be applauding Carley’s strength. . . . A worthy addition to the foster-family shelf.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Hunt’s heart-wrenching debut believably captures Carley’s painful one-step-forward, two-steps-back process, particularly as she acts out in order to protect dealing with her emotions. . . . Carley promises Mrs. Murphy that she’ll ‘have a happy life someday,’ and readers will be cheering her on." — Booklist

"Carley’s struggles with anger, regret, and self-worth both balance and deepen this coming-of-age tale. . . . Speaks to the universal experience of growing up but will especially resonate with readers who have questioned the hands they have been dealt and wonder how to move forward nonetheless. . . . Vacillates between uplifting and heartbreaking as Carley learns to love, be loved, and let go." — The Horn Book

"Undeniably affecting. Hunt’s writing is strong and her characters well-developed and believable . . . readers will . . . be drawn into this story of a girl’s struggle against the ingrained belief that she is undeserving of kindness and generosity." — Publishers Weekly

"This debut novel holds its own. . . . Affectingly told. Believing that she can, someday, have a loving family of her own . . . makes a different kind of happy ending. Middle grade and teen readers will find this an engaging story." — Voice of Youth Advocates

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