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From the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Fish in a Tree!

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.

Winner of the Tassy Walden Award for New Voice in Children's Literature

Reviews

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

This is a beautiful book, filled with hope. You'll cry and laugh along with Carley as she learns to lower her defenses enough to love--and, more surprisingly, be loved. It's a story you'll long remember

Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor-winning author of Pictures of Hollis Woods and Lily's Crossing

Undeniably affecting. Hunt's writing is strong and her characters well-developed and believable

Publishers Weekly

One for the Murphys is a riveting story . . .

Examiner.com

This novel speaks to the universal experience of growing up but will especially resonate with readers who have questioned the hands they have been dealt and wonder how to move forward nonetheless

The Horn Book

An astonishing debut! Lynda Mullaly Hunt's direct style of writing has readers rooting for Carley Connors and all of the Murphys from start to satisfying finish

Leslie Connor, ALA Schneider Family Award-winning author of Waiting for Normal and Crunch

An incredibly touching novel

TheStorySiren.com

Absolutely astonishing

Bookalicious.org

"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 "This is a beautiful book, filled with hope. You'll cry and laugh along with Carley as she learns to lower her defenses enough to love--and, more surprisingly, be loved. It's a story you'll long remember." —Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor-winning author of Pictures of Hollis Woods and Lily's Crossing "Undeniably affecting. Hunt's writing is strong and her characters well-developed and believable." —Publishers Weekly "One for the Murphys is a riveting story…” —Examiner.com "This novel speaks to the universal experience of growing up but will especially resonate with readers who have questioned the hands they have been dealt and wonder how to move forward nonetheless." —The Horn Book "An astonishing debut! Lynda Mullaly Hunt's direct style of writing has readers rooting for Carley Connors and all of the Murphys from start to satisfying finish." —Leslie Connor, ALA Schneider Family Award-winning author of Waiting for Normal and Crunch "An incredibly touching novel.” —TheStorySiren.com “Absolutely astonishing.” —Bookalicious.org

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780142426524

    January 2, 2019

    Puffin

    256 pages

    RRP $14.99

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