MMGM: One For the Murphys

One For the MurphysYou might need a Kleenex handy when you read this week’s Operation Story Share. Or a whole box. But One For the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is so good you won’t be able to put it down, even to blow your nose.

Here’s the jacket copy:

Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she’s learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in foster care. When she’s placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she’s blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance.

It’s easy to stay suspicious of Daniel, the brother who is almost her age and is resentful she’s there. But Mrs. Murphy makes her feel heard and seen for the first time, and the two younger boys seem determined to work their way into her heart. Before she knows it, Carley is protecting the boys form a neighborhood bully and even teaching Daniel how to play basketball. Then, just when she’s feeling like she could truly be one of the Murphys, news from her mother shakes her world.

Don’t be silly, of course I won’t tell you how it ends! But I will tell you that you will root for Carley and the Murphys from the very first page. Trust me, you need to read One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. It’s a book you won’t soon forget.

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10 Responses to MMGM: One For the Murphys

  1. msyingling says:

    This does well in the winter when all of my 7th grade girls want depressing books. There are several good books in foster care– important for my more fortunate students to understand how rough it can be for others!

  2. Andrea says:

    I’ve heard this one is good. Thanks for reminding about it!

  3. Well, now I have to find out how things turn out! Thanks for sharing and getting me interested in this one. 🙂

  4. Joanne Fritz says:

    Cool! I just read this book myself and was thinking of featuring it on MMGM later this month. Glad you liked it as much as I did.

  5. Guess what? I haven’t heard of this one, although I have been kind of hibernating this winter. This was a great one to wake up to! Thanks!

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