• One for the Murphys

  • By: Lynda Hunt
  • Narrated by: Nora Hunter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (452 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Lynda Mullaly Hunt (P)2015 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Hunt's writing is fearless and One for the Murphys is a story that is at once compassionate, thought-provoking and beautifully told. From the first page, I was drawn into Carley's story. She is a character not to be missed or forgotten." (Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming)

“By the end of this poignant debut, readers will be applauding Carley’s strength.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Readers will be cheering her on.” (Booklist)

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So glad I read this!

Wow! This is such a heart warming book. Get the tissues ready. My 6th grade daughter read it first and told me I HAD to read it because she loved it so much and wanted to read it again right away. I’m so glad I took her recommendation. ❤️

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So sad!!!!

Are you kidding me. Why would you end a book like this. I have never hated an ending this much!!!!!!!

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Good besides ending

I liked this book a lot but the worst part was the ending. I hated the way it ended.

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Emotional read for families

My family and I enjoyed this book. We rooted for Carley there whole way.

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What I liked

This book was amazing. I think that it is sophisticated yet younger children will be able to understand it. I like how this book is not a problem that happens a lot this is good because more people will be interested.

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Best book ever

This is my new favorite book!!!! It is so meaningful and because I always love to help foster kids

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I love One for the Murphy’s! The emotion and truth in this story has me blubbering. One for the Murphy’s will always have a place in my heart.

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A meaningful read!

This was our second book we listened to from Lynda Hunt, from which we loved the first so had high hopes for this book - which didn’t disappoint. My 9 year old loves her books and we can’t wait to listen to more.

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Great read!!!

Love this author! Again, she did not disappoint. Great insight to life as a foster kid

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Great book

This book is so heartfelt and raw. There are moments where you can really feel the emotion. There are times of laughter and tears, it was a great listen.

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  • 07-26-22

Amazing

This book was really well presented and really made you feel in the moment I loved it