Monday, March 26, 2018
Middle Grade Monday: One for the Murphys by Lynda Mulally Hunt
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. 288 p. Penguin Young Readers Group, May, 2012. 9780399256158. (Own)
Twelve-year-old Carly has a lot to be angry about. Her mother was brutally beaten by her step-father and hospitalized and Carly has been placed in foster care. Carly can't remember everything that happened that night but somehow feels that she is to blame. She wants nothing to do with Mr. or Mrs Murphy or any of their many sons. But Mrs. Murphy is a really great mom and her rambunctious, loud sons really love her and each other. Readers will root for her as she slowly lets her defenses down and even makes a friend at school. One for the Murphys was Ms. Hunt's debut in 2012 (review here). She followed it up with Fish in a Tree in 2015. Both books are popular with my students, especially those who like sad books.