One for the Murphys – Lynda Mullaly Hunt

one-for-the-murphys-335x512One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 10th, 2012
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Family Relationships, Fostering

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Twelve-year-old Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her fun-loving mother, she’s learned to be tough. But she never expected a betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she’s placed with the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she’s blindsided. Do happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in their world, so she keeps her distance.

It’s easy to stay suspicious of Daniel, the brother who is almost her age and is resentful she’s there. But Mrs. Murphy makes her feel heard and seen for the first time, and the two younger boys seem determinded to work their way into her heart. Before she knows it, Carley is protected the boys from a neighbourhood bullly and even teaching Daniel how to play basketball. Then just when she’s feeling like she could truly be one of the Murphys, news from her mother shakes her world. Continue reading

Little Reviews of Graphic Novels & Comics

220px-joehilllockekeyThis is confusing in the beginning, but fortunately less so after the first chapter. Horror is not a genre I normally read, because I prefer rainbows and sunshine to blood and murder, so I can’t believe I finished this book… and enjoyed it. I love the mansion and its secrets – the ones that were revealed to us, anyway. The art is peculiar, and I can’t say I adore it, but it works. Most characters need work in regards to their characterization, but I found the horrendous villains bloody fantastic and believable. I felt the tension and grief in the story. And what an ending. I can’t even begin to imagine where this is going. More murder? More blood? More mystery? I say bring it.

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