Our newest book is an important read – One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Carley Connors is released from the hospital into the care of the Murphys – a family that is able to show her what looking out for family really means. The dynamics of her relationship with her new family are very believable. Not everything is smooth. Neither are Carley’s first few weeks at a new school. Friendship dynamics are explored in a believable and appealing way. Trying to decide just where she belongs, Carley watches the way the Murphys interact and rethinks everything she has known about family. A highly emotional book, reminding us that we are always better people to have known each other, even when our time together is short. This book speaks to the power of unconditional love, the magic of resiliency and the need we all have to matter. Lynda Mullaly Hunt has crafted a story that will pull at every heartstring.
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Finished The Book. Honestly, There Are No Words To Explain How Touching The Book Is! Trust Me, Throughout The Journey, Carley Just Becomes The Most Lovable Character!
I am about half way through the book and loving it! It is wonderful to watch Carley learn to trust again. You know you are connected to a character when you worry that her trust in people will be shattered again. I can’t wait to find out what happens to her!
What a powerful discussion we had at our first meeting! Some of the highlights shared:
* “Kids need to cry”
* “There is lots to take in in just a few pages.”
* “I was upset when Daniel said, ‘Just because your Mother doesn’t want you, you can’t take mine.’ ”
* “I read over the part where she was beaten up five times just to try and understand it.”
* “I talked to a Social Worker before and I was afraid that I would be sent to a foster home that is mean.”
For next week, please try to read up to the end of Chapter 13.
Oh, this is wonderful. Thank you so very much. I’ll be interested to know how you all feel about the twists and turns in Carley’s life. Honored that you have chosen One for the Murphys as your book club read. Hope you are enjoying it. 🙂
Well – safe to say that none of us wanted to say goodbye to the character of Carley. We adored her and loved following the highs and lows of her journey. One child is hoping you will write about Carley again in a few years!
Thanks, Carrie. I’m honored and appreciative. 🙂 You can tell your reader that I have started a book from Toni’s point of view. The first page of that book begins with Toni running across the Murphy’s front lawn with the Converse shoes under her arm. And she is reunited with Carley again…
If you haven’t read this book go to the library and get a copy of it it’s that good