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Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt Narrator: Nora Hunter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781101915523
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A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family's love

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.

"Hunt's writing is fearless and One For The Murphys is a story that is at once compassionate, thought-provoking and beautifully told. From the first page, I was drawn into Carley's story. She is a character not to be missed or forgotten." —Jacqueline Woodson, three-time Newbery Honor author of After Tupac and D Foster Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a beautiful book, filled with hope. You’ll cry and laugh along with Carley as she learns to lower her defenses enough to love—and, more surprisingly, be loved.”

    Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor-winning author

  • "One for the Murphys is a riveting story.”

  • “By the end of this poignant debut, readers will be applauding Carley’s strength.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Undeniably affecting. Hunt’s writing is strong and her characters well developed and believable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This novel speaks to the universal experience of growing up but will especially resonate with readers who have questioned the hands they have been dealt and wonder how to move forward nonetheless.”

    Horn Book

  • “Believing that she can, someday, have a loving family of her own no matter what she goes through with her mother makes a different kind of happy ending. Middle grade and teen readers will find this an engaging story.”


  • “Narrator Nora Hunter captures Carley’s conflicted emotions—her snarky side and her unvoiced but obvious fears…Hunter’s portrayal of the warm, caring Julie Murphy contradicts Carley’s perceptions, and Carley’s mother’s hardness. As the story and characters evolve, so do their painful dissonances and their eventual heartbreaking understandings. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Nominated for the 2014Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Nominated for the 2014 Colorado Book Award for Best Children's Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Lynda Mullaly Hunt grew up in Connecticut and received two degrees in education from the University of Connecticut. She left teaching after the birth of her daughter and began writing after her son was born.

About the Narrator

Nora Hunter has narrated several audiobooks, including The Ballad of Aramei by J. A. Redmerski and Beyond This Point Are Monsters by Margaret Miller. Her reading of One for the Murphys won her an AudioFile Earphones Award.