We are looking forward to having local CT author, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, here on October 6 from 4 - 6pm for an afternoon book signing and to share with us (kids/teachers/customers) about The Global Read Aloud program and her novel, ONE FOR THE MURPHYS. ONE FOR THE MURPHYS is a 2015 Nutmeg Nominee, as well a 1 of 4 books chosen for international literacy promotion called The Global Read Aloud.
ONE FOR THE MURPHYS is an incredibly touching story that carries heavy themes is a story about transformation, love of the deepest kind, and survival of the spirit.
From their website: "The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. Now with four years under our belt and more than 200,000 connections made, we realize we are on to something larger than us so we look forward to continuing the global connections."
For more information on the Global Read Aloud program visit: http://www.globalreadaloud.com/p/books-for-2014.html
About ONE FOR THE MURPHYS:
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
Winner of the Tassy Walden Award for New Voice in Children's Literature
Lynda Mullaly Hunt received the Tassy Walden Award for her first draft of One for the Murphys, which is her debut novel. She lives in Marlborough, Connecticut.
"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
“By the end of this poignant debut, readers will be applauding Carley’s strength.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Readers will be cheering her on.” —Booklist
"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
"Undeniably affecting. Hunt's writing is strong and her characters well-developed and believable . . ." —Publishers Weekly
"One for the Murphys is a riveting story…” —Examiner.com
"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." —The Horn Book
"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
“…an incredibly touching novel.” —TheStorySiren.com
“Absolutely astonishing.” —Bookalicious.org