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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) 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.

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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 (www.lyndamullalyhunt.com) has received many honors for her debut novel, One for the Murphys, which is on over twenty state award lists, including Bank Street’s 2013 Best Books of the Year. She’s a former teacher, and holds writers retreats for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.
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.