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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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May 07, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: courage, 4th, 6th, 5th, foster, realistic, friendship, families
Read from May 07 to 08, 2012

Thirteen-year old Carley Connors works hard to keep her feelings completely hidden in order to protect herself. After all, her mother taught her how to be street smart and tough on the streets of Vegas. But her step-father has beaten her terribly, and now, Carley finds herself taken from her mother. There’s so much anger swirling around inside Carley that she can’t let herself get close to her foster family, the Murphy’s. And yet, she finds herself watching this loving family, struggling to understand their unconditional love, and longing to be part of their family. Little Michael Eric is the first to connect with Carley, with his innocent superhero play, but Mrs. Murphy’s patience and knowing love do finally reach through. As Carley’s caustic exterior starts to soften, she starts to understand what it means to belong - until her own mother decides that she wants Carley back. Debut novelist Hunt creates fully realized characters, with authentic first person narrative and snappy dialog. This is not a story with easy answers. By the end, readers will celebrate Carley’s strength and growth, even as they struggle with the difficult path she has in front of her. [review based on ARC]
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Hayley Sounds great, but is it as much like The Great Gilly Hopkins as it sounds?

Mary Ann You know, it might be, but do you see Gilly getting read much? I don't, which is sad. I just think this will appeal to kids today.

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