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