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One for the Murphys

Title

One for the Murphys

Publisher

Puffin

Pages

256 pages

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9780142426524

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Foster care; Step parent; foster child; foster family; foster siblings; step father

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

6-8

Family Formation

foster mother and father mother and step father

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2014, Winner, Middle School; Goodreads Choice Awards, 2012, Nominee, Middle Grade

Keywords

mothers and daughters; family problems

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

One for the Murphys

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