Wednesday, April 30, 2014

One For the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

One For the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, 224 pages
(A 2014-2015 Truman Award Nominee)

Being a foster kid is hard. You feel a loyalty to your family but you also create a bond with your foster family. A severe beating lands 12 year old Carley Connors and her mother in the hospital.  When Carley recovers, she is placed in foster care with the Murphy family. At first, she is reluctant to let them in but after some time she grows attached to Julie Murphy and her three sons. The relationship between Mr. Murphy and Carley is a little more complicated as Carley doesn't trust men. The shame that some foster children feel is portrayed through Carley in her interactions at school and in the home. The desire for something better and the loyalty to return to your own family is also underlined. This story will tug at your heart and soul as you read through the emotions, thoughts and feelings that a young foster child goes through. The author definitely did her homework on foster children and foster care.

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