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Too Many Murphys

Too Many Murphys

by Colleen Oshaughnessy

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This sweetly told story stars Collette, an eight-year-old who finds her younger brothers and sister a constant trial. She is tired of being expected to be some kind of ``midget mother'' to the children, always expected to behave in a model fashion. And she envies her schoolmates with ``only child'' statustheir lives seem remarkably smooth. When Christmas comes, Collette has one wishto be an only child againand her parents oblige, whisking away the others to their grandmother's house. Of course, before the day is out, Collette misses her siblings. The plot isn't really substantial enough to float an entire book; readers may grow weary of Collette's yearnings before she does. But McKenna accurately serves up the dialogue and behavior of a houseful of children, and readers in the same situation as Collette will be in full sympathy with her complaints. Ages 8-12. (September)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 Collette, the oldest of four children, feels that she should always be responsible and set a good example, and she never seems to be able to get any uninterrupted time with her parents. To add to her problems, she worries about having and keeping a best friend and being seen for her self rather than a bad reflection of her family or her fellow students. The outstanding quality of this book is its realism: the characters and the things that happen to them will be familiar to many young readers. The characters spring to life, and there are several situations that are sure to provoke grins from readers. A fine addition to this popular genre. Carolyn Jenks, Oyster River Elementary School, Durham, N.H.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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8 - 12 Years

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