Carley Connors has had more things happen to her than most 12 year-olds, and certainly more than she should ever have to face. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Lexile: 520; Interest Level: Grades 5-8) begins with Carley on her way to a foster home after just getting out of the hospital. As a seventh grader, Carley knows what people think about foster kids, and she doesn't look forward to starting a new school as one. Not feeling like she can share intimate details about her family life leaves Carley feeling out-of-place and awkward.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt does a wonderful job sharing Carley's point of view about her life, in all of its imperfections. To find out what really happened to Carley's family and to discover how Carley grows into her new life with the Murphys, you will need to read this wonderful book. Readers with experience with the foster system or who have had serious family troubles, and those who are friends with them should definitely read this book! (256 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.