One for the Murphys

Carley Connors has learned to be tough. But now she’s in a situation she never thought she’d be in.

After a painful betrayal by her fun-loving mother, Carley finds herself entering a strange house to live with a strange family.

She’s in foster care.

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a thoughtful, insightful book into the experience of being a foster child. Hunt takes us through Carley’s pain, frustrations, desires, and confusion.

Carley lashes out. Her foster brothers lash out. Her foster mother cries. They all work through real crises and real pain, and come out stronger for it.

I appreciated getting a glimpse into what it might be like to be a foster kid – comparing a family of origin with a foster family and feeling cheated, frustrated, or angry. And eventually thankful.

Nora Hunter reads the audiobook, which I really enjoyed.

Highly recommended for ages 10 and up.

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