One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Carley’s mother is hospitalized, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and expects the worst. But the Murphys are exactly the opposite: very kind, especially the kids. Carley has finally adjusted to living with the Murphys when her mother makes a sudden recovery. Now she is faced with a tough decision, to either go with her Mom or stay with her loving foster family.
What I Thought of One for the Murphys
First of all, this realistic fiction book is told with wit and humor, while it handles serious topics, which I think is an important balance. The main character, Carley Connors, is a relatable “tough-girl” character that is very clever, yet it seems as if she is unaffected by everything. But when she is separated from her mother, she feels very alone because she is used to a go-with-the-flow mom, instead of Ms. Murphy who is sometimes overly kind. I really enjoyed this book, mainly because although it is a realistic fiction/fiction book, it is not boring in the least bit. I would give One For The Murphys a 5 out of 5 stars.
The part of this book that really stuck out to me was when Carley had to make the tough decision to leave the Murphy’s. I was surprised she left but also agreed with her decision. Most characters in her situation would have avoided the decision and let someone else decide, but Carley made the decision herself, which is a brave move.