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One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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Sep 08, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012-award-possibilities
Read on September 08, 2012

Multiply manipulative. The actual writing is competent enough, but the characters--and the plot--I can't find anything nice to say. The book is its strongest in the uncomfortable-to-read beginning where Carley has trouble adjusting to her new home. But that's all over much too soon, and there are eventually TWO denouements that don't work. One deliberately withholds information from the reader in order to create and then resolve drama, and the other is cheesy. The author seems to be leading the reader to a conclusion, re: the mother's actions on the night Carley is injured, that I disagree with strenuously. So the book manages to be both overly sweet and borderline offensive to me.
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09/08/2012 page 88
39.0% "Oh, look. A homeless girl who loves to read."

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message 1: by Lisa (new) - added it

Lisa Vegan Homeless girl who loves to read sounds good to me, despite the cliché. But your review has convinced me not to add this one.


Gerry You're being shortchanged if you dismiss this book because of one myopic viewpoint. Just remember this book is written for middle-grade children, and you will appreciate its message.


Wendy I kept thinking "emotionally manipulative" and "sounds nice; not realistic" the whole time.


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