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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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Nov 23, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: mg-ya
Read from May 18 to 23, 2012 — I own a copy

Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a fellow Class of 2k12er and I had the luck to meet up with her during the 2012 NY SCBWI conference. After talking to Lynda about ONE FOR THE MURPHYS--I knew that I was going to love this book. It was obvious to me that Lynda wrote from a very emotional and honest place and I gravitate towards books that make me feel things deeply.

This book is beautiful.

I'll start with the cover--which is perfect. Well done Nancy Paulsen Books--this couldn't be better. But it's what's between the covers that grabs a hold of me and won't let go. Oh, Carley--you make me both ashamed and proud to be an adult. You remind me that children put up walls to discover if the grown-ups are willing to scale them. You hammer home the truth--that we learn from our children if we take the time to listen to them. You remind me that adults must make the tough choices, the ones that are the best for the child, but that we can be kind and gentle in our tough love. You awaken my desire to be somebody's hero and I want to hold you in my arms. Lynda hasn't written a character--she has introduced me to someone I will love and think about forever.

And then there is Mrs. Murphy--who comforts me as much as she comforts Carley. Because even as an adult, I need to know that there are good people in this world who lead with their hearts. I need those role models in my life--she's who I want to be when I "grow up."

Each and every character in this book played a part in creating this wonderful read. I want to talk about every one of them, but I'm treading on spoiler ground if I don't reign myself in. So I just want to say that it takes a village to "raise" a child and this community of characters, flawed and growing, rises to it's own occasion. They never reach perfection, but that's okay, because neither do I. This book is ONE FOR THE MURPHYS, but it's also one for the Sabatini's and it's one for you...
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Jen Bigheart (I Read Banned Books) Loved this book!


Kimberly Sabatini I can't wait. I spent a lot of time talking to Lynda at SCBWI NY and I know how much I'm going to love it. *heart squish*


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