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About Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Her first novel, ONE FOR THE MURPHYS (both published by Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), is the winner of The Tassy Walden Award: New Voices in Children's Literature, an ABA New Voices Pick, A Nerdy Book Award Winner, and an Editor's Choice Book with Scholastic Book Clubs. It is being released in five languages. Lynda's books have appeared on 37 state award lists thus far.
Lynda considers herself to be SO LUCKY to be writing for and speaking with kids all over the world. She also likes to watercolor paint and juggle :-) For twelve years, she proudly directed the SCBWI-NE Whispering Pines Retreat and is a former teacher and FPS Scenario Writing coach. Lynda lives with her husband, two kids, impetuous beagle and beagle-loathing cat.
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Praise for One for the Murphys:
"An astonishing debut! Lynda Mullaly Hunt's direct style of writing has readers rooting for Carley Connors and all of the Murphys from start to satisfying finish."
~~Leslie Connor, ALA Schneider Family Award-winning author of Waiting for Normal and Crunch.
"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. It's a story you'll long remember."
~~Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor-winning author of Pictures of Hollis Woods and Lily's Crossing
"Carley is a modern-day Gilly Hopkins, bright and strong, angry and deeply hurt...The first-person narration allows readers inside Carley's head as she fights against both showing emotion and her growing pleasure in belonging to their world. There's plenty of snappy dialogue as well. By the end of this poignant debut, readers will be applauding Carley's strength even if they're as unhappy as Carley is about the resolution. A worthy addition to the foster-family shelf." (Kirkus-*Starred Review*)
"...Scenes at home with the Murphy family, as well as those in which Carley builds a tentative friendship at school, are undeniably affecting....Hunt's writing is strong and her characters well-developed and believable...readers will still be drawn into this story of a girl's struggle against the ingrained belief that she is undeserving of kindness and generosity." (Publishers Weekly)
"...Hunt successfully creates a portrait of a young girl's emerging understanding of the complexities of family and the awareness that loyalty is not the same as ignoring your own wants and needs. Carley's struggles with anger, regret, and self-worth both balance and deepen this coming-of-age tale. The 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. Hunt's novel vacillates between uplifting and heartbreaking as Carley learns to love, be loved, and let go." (Hornbook)
"In One for the Murphys, Lynda Mullaly Hunt convincingly portrays the personality of a questioning tween as she interacts with those around her. This is a life-affirming middle grade novel--perfect for those struggling with similar issues of fitting in or standing out." (Booklist)
"...Lynda Mullaly Hunt's debut novel is powerful, honest, and heart-breakingly beautiful. This is a book for every¬one, not just middle-school girls; teens and adults will love it as well." (Sacramento Book Review)
"One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt shines for its honest portrayal of a girl caught between two worlds: the life she'd love to live and the life she's afraid to leave behind." (Chicago Examiner)
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a beautiful poignant story of eighty days in the life of a child placed in foster care with a loving family. It accomplishes the amazing feat of being both realistic and optimistic. The story encourages an empathetic appreciation for each character's struggles, and transformation, as they strengthen in love, understanding, and honesty. With humor and wit, the story is a "must" for foster children and the families that love them.
Nicolette M. Banbury, Nationally Certified Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor/Specializing in Play Therapy and Trauma
One for the Murphys skillfully balances the genuine struggles, hopes, joys, and disappointments of a foster child, the foster family that brings her into their fold, and the birth mothers painful choices. The story reveals many of the emotional nuances and coping strategies often found in these circumstances that are, for most, very hard to conceptualize and understand. The humaneness of the story is validating, educating, and compassionate. I would highly recommend it for therapeutic use in psychoeducational formats, with bibliotherapy, and in situations where attachment to parents has been seriously compromised and traumatic.
We all benefit when a book like this one is published.
Nicolette Banbury, NCP, LPC
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The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
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.
Delsie loves tracking the weather--lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she's looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a "regular family." Delsie observes other changes in the air, too--the most painful being a friend who's outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he's endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.
Una historia emotiva e inspiradora que llegará a todos aquellos que alguna vez han sentido que no encajaban.
«Todos somos genios. Pero si juzgas a un pez por su habilidad para
trepar a los árboles, pasará toda su vida sintiéndose un estúpido.»
Albert Einstein, disléxico
Ally es una maestra en el arte del engaño. Cada vez que llega a un nuevo colegio, esconde su incapacidad de leer creando inteligentes pero extrañas distracciones a su alrededor. Tiene miedo de pedir ayuda. Y, además, ¿es que alguien puede curar la estupidez? Pero su nuevo profesor ha visto el brillo y la creatividad oculta tras su aire problemático. Con su ayuda, Ally aprenderá que la dislexia no es algo de lo que avergonzarse, mientras se abre ante ella un mundo lleno de posibilidades.
Porque cada uno de nosotros llevamos un océano dentro, y las grandes mentes no suelen pensar como lo hacen los demás.
La crítica ha dicho...
«Conmovedora... Con el énfasis en "pensar de forma diferente". Los fans de R.J. Palacio apreciarán esta historia que ensalza el valor de la amistad y de la inteligencia no convencionales.»
«Una historia llena de personajes únicos dibujados con el corazón. Una novela sobre la dislexia, algo tan único como su heroína.»
«Los lectores... adorarán a esta maravillosa protagonista.»
The Horn Book
Delsie wohnt allein bei ihrer Großmutter auf Cape Cod und fragt sich immer öfter, wer ihre wahre Familie ist. Als ihre Freundin Aimee sie als »Waise« bezeichnet, möchte Delsie mehr über ihre Eltern erfahren. Zum Glück schließt sie Freundschaft mit Ronan, der mit seiner eigenen Vergangenheit zu kämpfen hat. Während sie gemeinsam Cape Cod erkunden, entdecken Delsie und Ronan den Unterschied zwischen Wütend- und Traurigsein, was es bedeutet, kaputt oder heil zu sein, wie es ist, verlassen oder geliebt zu werden. Und dass sie gemeinsam jedem Sturm gewachsen sind.
Eine wunderbar berührende Geschichte darüber, was wahre Familie und Freundschaft ausmacht, von der »Wie ein Fisch im Baum«-Bestsellerautorin Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Von einem Tag auf den anderen landet Carley in einer Pflegefamilie. Ihr gewalttätiger Stiefvater sitzt hinter Gittern und ihre Mutter liegt im Krankenhaus. Carley verschanzt sich hinter einer Mauer aus sarkastischem Humor und derben Sprüchen. Sie fühlt sich fremd in der perfekten Bilderbuch-Familie der Murphys. Doch mit viel Geduld und Liebe zeigen die Murphys ihr, was es heißt, sich in einer Familie geborgen zu fühlen. Und irgendwann gibt Carley ihren Widerstand auf. Eine ganz neue Zukunft tut sich vor ihr auf. Aber dann will ihre Mutter sie zurück und Carley muss sich entscheiden ...