Friday, May 10, 2013

A Student Review of One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

One for the Murphys
Reviewed by Tabetha

244 pages
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin Group for Young Readers)
May, 2012

A Tassey Walden Award Winner

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

This is a true literary master piece! There could be a lot of different themes to this book so no matter what themes you tend to like I think there is something for you.
The story begins when Carley is on her way to a foster family. When she arrives you are introduced To three new characters. First, Mrs. Murphy who is friendly, and perky who has a secret that she is keeping from Carley. Daniel, the oldest son, is moody and rude towards Carley until she teaches him about basketball. Adam and Michael Eric who are both young. Adam is eight. Michael Eric is four. Carley ends up defending them both from the neighborhood bully. Then, something bad happens to Michael Eric just before a holiday.

Carley has to go to a new school where she meets Tony. At first, they are enemies, but later Tony is best friends with Carley.
Then there is Mr. Murphy. He is hard for Carley to trust, or even get along with, but at the end Carley understands him, with a little help from Tony.
Throughout the story, there is a lot drama going on. For instance when the police come over to investigate Carley’s step father. Or when she goes to see her mother and she tells her something she could never believe.

This is truly an unforgettable tale. You have to read One for the Murphys!     

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  1. Tabetha,
    You have peaked my interest. I'm going to go out and get this book so I can start reading it now! It sounds like a great story with lots to take away. Thanks for the review.

  2. Excellent review, Tabetha! I have also read this book and have recommended it to several students and teachers. Carley is my hero.

  3. Tabetha this is a fantastic review of an amazing book. You hit so many important points without giving away any surprises! And I LOVED your opening sentence! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed and are recommending one of my most favorite books of 2012~ Keep reading...and writing!

  4. Nice review. And the book sounds interesting, so you did it right, Tabetha. Good job!

  5. I have put this on my summer reading list to start deciding on what to read and have read by my new 5th grade class!

  6. Hey, Tabetha! I am so sorry to be late to the party here. I read this a while back and LOVED it, but only had a phone which wouldn't post a response. SO, here I am--back after a bit of time, but still so impressed and grateful for your wonderful review! You've made ME want to read this book! :-) Seriously--I am so happy that you enjoyed reading One for the Murphys and touched by your review. I am grateful and think that YOU are an amazing writer! I bet I'll be asking YOU for a signed book one day. :-) Thank you, again!