One for the Murphys

Title

One for the Murphys

Publisher

Penguin Young Readers Group

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9780142426524

Pages

256 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Follows the experiences of foster kid Carley, who uses humor and street smarts to cope with her unpredictable life until the loving, bustling Murphy family offers her more stability and a greater sense of belonging than she ever thought possible.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

520L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Foster care; Step parent; Family violence; foster parents; foster sibling; foster child; step father; domestic abuse; abuse; rage

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and step father; foster mother and father

Awards

Distinguished Books, 2012 Fiction
Heartland Books Recommendation for Life-Long Readers - Excellence in Young Adult Literature, 2013 Young Adult
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2012
VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, 2012
Goodreads Choice Award, 2012, Nominee, Middle Grade
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 2016, 1st Place, Division II
Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2015, Winner, Middle School

Keywords

family problems; mother's love; mothers and daughters; Red Sox; Las Vegas; Connecticut; new school; friendship; belonging; anger; self-esteem; self-reliance

Diversity Impact

direct

One for the Murphys

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