One for the Murphys

YA So Good You’ll Cry: One for the Murphys. GIVEAWAY

Best Chapter Books That Make You Cry

There are only a few books that I read and reread knowing that I’ll sob like a baby. Ever After Ever by Jordan Sonnenblick is one of them.

Still, both of these Young Adult chapter book novels don’t have a manipulative quality like Terms of Endearment where you are blindsided at the end with the  mom dying of cancer making you cry against your will. I hate that kind of manipulation!

No, One for the Murphys is straight up about a foster child, Carley, whose stepfather with partial assistance from her own white trash mother have beaten her up so badly she ends up from the hospital to foster care.

Have you ever thought of hosting a foster care child at your home? I have occasional “Mother Theresa” aspirations but honestly, I wasn’t even successful at getting our family dog from a pound or animal rescue outfit. And I did try. We visited 4 different times and I filled out an application online that was so extensive that it was like applying to college. But no puppy resulted from my efforts and we ended up dog sitting, falling in love the with dog, and going to the same breeder to get a clone.

Husbands are vehemently opposed to rescue kids/foster kids. This is true for Mr. Murphy who is begrudging and suspicious that this is a very bad idea but his wife prevails which brings Carley into their lives. At first, it is very tough going. But Mrs. Murphy is able to penetrate Carley’ heart to convince her that she is worthy of love and that she can have any life she wants. Pretty powerful stuff.

When Carley’s mother is well enough to leave the hospital herself, she wants Carley back and Carley is torn between the life she knew and the life before her. Which will she choose and what will become of her?

I hope that there is a sequel to this book. I have a feeling that this story isn’t over yet. True, Mrs. Murphy was able to plant seeds of courage and aspiration that will sustain Carley but I have no doubt that her mother will return to her old ways. Will Mrs. Murphy ever see Carley again? Is this respite from Carley’s old life enough to catapult her to a new life someday? She is still so young that I worry about her.

Yes, Lynda Hunt has written such an amazing book that you will feel like you know these characters intimately. You will worry about them in your spare time. They will become important to you. Please write the sequel!

You can read the first chapter here for FREE!

One for the Murphys by Lynda Hunt

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. [young adult chapter book for ages 10 and up]

Praise for One for the Murphys:

“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.

“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 andLily’s Crossing


One for the Murphys
 is the winner of the Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children’s Literature

I am giving away a SIGNED Copy of Book. Please leave a comment to win. US and Canada only please.
Congrats to Sarah who won the signed copy of One for the Murphys.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Dee

    Wow – no one has commented yet? With a great review like that? I’ll bite!
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  2. Oh, thanks so much for this lovely review. I am honored that you enjoyed getting to know Carley and the Murphys. Thanks so much for being part of my blog tour! 🙂

    • Hi Lynda,
      Loved your book and sorry to miss you when you came to Newtonville Books last week. Thanks for stopping by and I truly enjoyed being a part of your blog tour!

  3. John

    I would love to be included in the giveaway!

  4. Oh I so need to win this book. As a once foster mom, I can’t wait to read it.

  5. Maria Gianferrari

    Sounds like an amazing read–thanks for the chance at winning!


  6. I would love to read it!!!
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  7. Carrie Lochridge

    My grandma says this book is awesome, and that she thinks Lynda is awesome, too. I would love a copy of this book. If I win it, I’ll even let my grandma Dawn Dixon read it! Ha, ha, ha! 🙂

  8. Sounds like a great book! I would love a copy!!

  9. Liz

    This sounds like an amazing story. We will have to check this out either way! Thanks.

  10. I also hope there will be a sequel to this book! Thank you for offering this great giveaway!
    I missed out on meeting Lynda Hunt when she was at B&N last week in the next town over – but was excited to find out that she is making another visit at my local B&N in WH!
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  11. Artchoo

    Sounds good- I haven’t read a good tear jerker in a long time.
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  12. Ann

    Sounds good – sometimes you need a good cry! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  13. vanita

    this is a wonderful list! will pass it along to my younger teen. she loves these kind of books. please enter me too!
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  14. Kristen

    Another great review. I am dying to read this. My son was in foster care for 8 months before he was adopted.

  15. Kemuel

    Lynda, I agree wholeheartedly. The Class of 2k12 is rllaey quite special. Never have I encountered such supportive people nor experienced such genuine caring and camaraderie. Congratulations on your pub day, and may you continue to feel the love!!!

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