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Summary

A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family's love.

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household.

Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong - until her mother wants her back, and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new future.

©2012 Lynda Mullaly Hunt (P)2015 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"Hunt's writing is fearless and One for the Murphys is a story that is at once compassionate, thought-provoking and beautifully told. From the first page, I was drawn into Carley's story. She is a character not to be missed or forgotten." (Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming)

“By the end of this poignant debut, readers will be applauding Carley’s strength.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Readers will be cheering her on.” (Booklist)

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  • Jennifer B.
  • 29-04-19

So glad I read this!

Wow! This is such a heart warming book. Get the tissues ready. My 6th grade daughter read it first and told me I HAD to read it because she loved it so much and wanted to read it again right away. I’m so glad I took her recommendation. ❤️

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  • Patty Healey
  • 19-07-18

Good besides ending

I liked this book a lot but the worst part was the ending. I hated the way it ended.

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  • Peachie_Mommie
  • 07-05-20

Emotional read for families

My family and I enjoyed this book. We rooted for Carley there whole way.

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  • Jennifer Broaddus
  • 22-08-18

So sad!!!!

Are you kidding me. Why would you end a book like this. I have never hated an ending this much!!!!!!!

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  • Thomas J. Gilbert Jr., val van houten
  • 19-02-18

What I liked

This book was amazing. I think that it is sophisticated yet younger children will be able to understand it. I like how this book is not a problem that happens a lot this is good because more people will be interested.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-21

I’m gonna cry

This book is amazing and it makes me feel. I just finished it and I’m gonna cry!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-21

loved it!!!

pretty close to what a child In foster care !! loved it. a very happy ending

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-21

the book was so good but the ending was bad

the title makes sense because she does what she does for the Murphys and she loves them

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  • Shonnie Lavender
  • 24-05-21

Heartwarming story

Thoroughly enjoyed this story and the nuanced portrait of a foster child's experience. Great characters and good to listen to.

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  • Sil-kyung
  • 09-05-21

Very accurate and moving.

I personally loved this book. (a), I loved how Carley changed in the book. (b), it really explains how a foster kid gets to fit in. The only thing that i thought disappointing is that the ending of this book is not what I expected. However, 100% recommend!