One for the Murphys

One for the Murphys

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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One for the Murphys 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a touching account of a girl named Carley Conners who finds herself in a foster home full of Murphys. The Murphys are good people, willing to let Carley into their hearts and home, but Carley isn't used to that concept. As the story unfolds, you begin to understand how a girl could feel she somehow doesn't deserve a stable place with people who love her. There are revelations that are truly surprising, and took my breath away. Lynda Mullaly Hunt's writing is spot on- you feel like you are in Carley's head, navigating these uncharted waters right along with her. If you think you know how a book like this might end, you probably don't. I didn't see it coming, and I am glad I didn't. It's an engaging story right up to the authentic end. Give this one a read and you're apt to gain some real insight into what it means to belong and what is truly important in your own life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We read this in class, it is a touching book about a twelve year old named Carley Conners, her step father abused her and she was put into foster care. The Murphys seem too perky and perfect at first but she learns that sometimes "it's time to be changed for the better"(-Wicked) I love this book dearly, the abuse and violence may be scary for children under the age of 10, but I'm sure that if you read it first it is probably ok for as young as you see fit...
ReadinginRhodeIsland More than 1 year ago
This lovely, character-driven story about twelve year-old foster child Carley Connors should resonate not only with kids who are or have been in the foster care system, but with any kid who has ever felt like an outsider, or has felt weird and unlovable. It's hard to fit in when you're twelve no matter what your story is. The writing is clean and unadorned with sentimentality, much like Carley herself as she moves through a scary new chapter of her life that she had no part in naming. There's plenty of wit and memorable characters (I wished I'd had a friend in school like Toni Byers, or a Social Studies teacher like Mr. Ruben), and so much heart and soul here that I barreled through the book in one sitting because I HAD to find out how Carley's story turned out. Five days later she's still here in my head. Score!
MoonlightGleam More than 1 year ago
Carley’s life has never been picture perfect, but there is one thing that keeps her going, the love she has for her mother and the love she believes is returned. That is, until the day her mother betrays Carley, choosing an abusive man over her very own daughter and places Carley’s life is in jeopardy. After a brutal attack by her stepfather that left Carley with several bruises and her mother heavily sedated in a hospital bed, Carley is released and is left in the care of a foster family. Carley’s emotions are spinning, she feels betrayed, but nevertheless, she doesn't want to live with another family. Never knowing how it feels to be part of a real family, one that loves and genuinely cares for one another, once Carley experiences such affection, she feels as though she doesn’t belong and that she doesn’t deserve the kindness that the Murphys have shown her. After several weeks have passed, the time has come for Carley to return in her mother’s custody. Will Carley return to her mother and receive that warm and loving embrace she’s been dreaming of, or will her emotions toward the Murphys prevent her from leaving? One For The Murphys is an emotional tale that will leave readers shedding tears at this heartfelt story of Carley Connors and the journey she takes to discover herself as well as the true meaning of the love of a family. My favorite aspect of One For The Murphys is how relatable and engaging the characters were. To me, the characters were real. I could clearly imagine young Michael Eric tie a cape around his shoulders, run around the living room and pretend to be a superhero, watch Adam play Michael Eric’s sidekick or ignore him to play with his cars, and of course, watch Daniel dribble the ball and smile brightly at Carley in the stands just at that moment where he finally scores his first shot at his basketball game. I could also smell the delicious pie Mrs. Murphy makes just for Carley when she needs it most, and hear Mr. Murphy cheer for his favorite baseball team no matter the score after a long day of working at the fire station. There were so many special moments that Carley experiences in the novel that made me laugh along with the characters or reach out for a box of tissues, moments that are truly unforgettable. Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a phenomenal writer whose work I hope to read more of. One For The Murphys is one of my favorite reads of 2012 so far, and Lynda Mullaly Hunt should be commended for this truly wonderful and unforgettable debut. I recommend One For The Murphys to those who enjoy reading Young Adult and Contemporary titles. 5/5 MUST READ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Carly Connors is a beaten down, jaded, kind of bitter, but truly sweet girl. She’s had a rough life, gone through more than any child should, and starts off the story by heading to a foster home. These are all things that many middle grade readers cannot relate to, but then we see the kind Carly who has a knack for the sarcastic and who loves making the two little boys she moves in with happy. Throughout Carly’s time with the Murphy’s, we see every side there is to her: She’s young and vulnerable, so we see her cry; she’s tough and has had to grow up far too fast, so she’s smart and independent; she could easily be closed off because how she’s been treated in the past, but slowly, she opens up. Her relationship with Mrs. Murphy is the backbone of the book and incredibly touching. Carly grows to love this mother figure that she never really had before. Carly’s relationship with her schoolmate, Toni, has all kinds of wonderful parallels to her own life and teaches her more than one lesson, but it never comes off as preachy. There was not one moment in the book that I could imagine a middle grade reader becoming frustrated with. The pace and the tone of the book remain constant throughout and the entire story comes off as realistic. Toni’s obsession with Wicked is also a nice touch. Any Bostonian will appreciate the little nods to the Red Sox. I know I enjoyed it, along with Mr. Murphy’s true Sox fan attitude toward the Yankees. His reaction to Toni’s taunting help to lighten the mood. Because with such a deep and emotional subject matter, One For the Murphys does have its tearjerker moments. It would be wise to have a box of tissues handy, especially towards the end. One For the Murphys is a heartfelt, heartbreaking, subtle, and beautifully realistic show of one girl’s journey from broken home to finding out what family means. The characters have so much depth and readers will find themselves thoroughly attached to Carly Connors and the entire Murphy family. Lynda Mullaly Hunt has masterfully taken the subject of fostering and opened it up to a new audience. Carly’s story has its ups and downs (remember those tissues!), but the ending is perfectly bittersweet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One for the Murphys is the story of a girl named Carley Connors who was a victim of child abuse. After her stepfather hurt her and her mother physically and emotionally, Carley was placed in foster care with the Murphys. The Murphys were the perfect family that Carley never had growing up with only her mother. Her parents were never married. Carley tries to show no emotion to the Murphys, but her unique view of the world is revealed throughout the course of this book. Carley makes a friend at her new school, but their friendship almost ends when Carley neglects to tell Toni that she's "just a foster kid". They make up, though. After a long while of hospitalization and rehabilitation, Carley's mother is well enough to care for her again. But over time, Carley has grown to love the Murphys too. Carley struggles with her emotions as she comes back to her mother. If you liked this book, I would recommend Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur. It is a lot sadder and more tragic though. If you like sad or uplifting or both books, I would also recommend: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The day comes when Carley connors becomes a foster child and moves in with the Murphys. The Murphys show her a stable family that she had thought that it never existed. The Murphys show her what it feels to be belong. But until her mother show up and wants her back but carley can't decide where and how to live. She said shes not really a Murphy but the gifts they given her have opened a future. When Carley connors  find’s out the truth that  her mother didn't tell her what had happen and what was the reason she didn't so she would not have got mad with her and upset because she thought that her mother had helped dennis smack her. The characters were awesome because how they thought things and their reactions were good  like at the end carley didn't know with who do go with her mother in vegas or stay with the murphys who showed her a lot of surprises and showed her that a real family existed. Even if some harsh things happened to her she know just to keep going and do what you think is best. This is a great book that makes you want to know what is going to happen next in the story .and I recommend it to teenagers.
Anonymous 4 months ago
What a wonderful story.
Anonymous 5 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 7th grade and i have to say tht this is the best book ive ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*the boy walks in with black shorts and and a Vans Tee shirt* 6th grade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey is this chat only for middle schoolers?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is emotional but very good (and very interesting) : ) &hearts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If any boy wants to rp with me get back to me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down and I finished the whole thing in one day! I loved this book so much and I would recomend this book to anyone who loves family and life situation themed books! It was an absolute amazing book! Honestly, it made me cry! Lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this one only after reading the authers other book fish in a tree. This book was a sad and happy story the charivters have speacial bonds and i really liked that
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I would give this book a 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, Star rateing if I could. DamieonandersonEMS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book ever. Everything about it was awesome. It was sad hen she had to leave the Murphys.Everyone has someone special in their lives and Mrs.Murphys was that special someone for carley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book i have ever read
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This book is an amazing tale and I highly recommend it.
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I herd it is a really good book from alot of sorces