YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes!



Welcome to my stop on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes, a crazy whirlwind blog-hop-extravaganza featuring 58 debut authors and prize packs featuring ARCs, signed books, gift certificates, swag, and more!

If you haven’t visited our Apocalypsies website, please click here to start from the beginning of the race and read the complete rules. (The race will begin on May 2, 2012 at NOON)

Ready, Set, GO!!!

ONE FOR THE MURPHYS By Lynda Mullaly Hunt



In the wake of heart-breaking betrayal, Carley Connors is thrust into foster care and left on the steps of the Murphys, a happy, bustling family.

Carley has thick walls and isn’t rattled easily, but this is a world she just doesn’t understand. A world that frightens her. So, she resists this side of life she’d believed did not exist with dinners around a table and a “zip your jacket, here’s your lunch” kind of mom.

However, with the help of her Broadway-obsessed and unpredictable friend, Toni, the Murphys do the impossible in showing Carley what it feels like to belong somewhere. But, when her mother wants her back, will she lose the only family that she has ever known?


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That’s all you need to know for your quiz later.

BUT WAIT! There’s more!!

Please leave a comment below at a chance to win a “Be someone’s hero ~ No cape required” t-shirt in your choice of colors (red, black, or jade) and sizes.


You may find ONE FOR THE MURPHYS here on the web:    Lynda’s Website      Book Trailer      

Indiebound      Barnes and Noble       Facebook


**Thanks for stopping by!**    NEXT STOP:  QUIZ QUESTIONS FOR THIS LEG OF THE RACE!



  1. I’ve done a lot of work with Foster Care and am so happy to find a story about Happy foster families! I’ll be picking this one up and sharing it with all the kids I know!


    1. Hey, Pamela. Yes, I agree. There are so, SO many foster families out there that are heroes. I thought it was about time that someone write their story. (And a foster child that is saved by their kindness.) I’m so happy that Penguin agreed that a book like this should be out there! Good luck to you on the raffle. 🙂


  2. this book sounds just lovely! especially the broadway-obsessed character. I can relate to that! Thanks for being part of this contest – it’s essentially creating my summer reading list for me! 🙂


    1. Hey! Yes, Toni really is obsessed with Broadway–specifically, Elphaba from “Wicked.” The idea of “Defying Gravity”–overcoming unfortunate circumstances is an undercurrent of the book. Plus, Toni adds a lot of humor to the story. She’s one of my favorite characters!


  3. This book sounds really good and kinda sad in a way. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway. Love the saying that’s gonna be on the t-shirt.


  4. This sounds great! I’d love to read it myself and share it with some Middle Grade friends! Thanks for the great giveaway!


  5. OMG! I love the premise of your book! And that t-shirt logo is awesome 🙂
    Thanks for the chance!
    Alyssa Susanna


  6. Kind of random, but the name Murphy reminds me of when we had t-shirts made for Field Day in fifth grade and my teacher (her last name was Murphy) was the only one with her name misspelled.

    I told you it was random ^^


  7. I am really loving this race, because I am reading about books I probably never would have found otherwise! This book sounds so good and I definitely plan to read it! The shirt sounds cute and I would love to have one! 😀 I have a shirt that says “Sprinkle Sunshine” which I love because of the positiveness of it!


  8. Hiya! Just wanted to stop by and thank you for taking the time to write this book for us readers as well as for the giveaway! I especially love the quote! I’m definitely putting your book on my summer to-read list 🙂



  9. This book looks great! Can’t wait to read it. I love the YAmazing Race so much, it’s helped me find so many amazing books!


  10. This book isn’t in the genre that I normally frequent, but you’ve got me interested! I added it to my goodreads list =)



  11. +JMJ+

    This reminds me of Surviving the Applewhites, although I can’t remember whether the boy who joins the Applewhite family’s homeschool is also a foster child.

    And just writing that made me recall The Great Gilly Hopkins, which I know is about foster children. (Maybe also The Pinballs . . . but I haven’t read that one yet.)

    In other words, it sounds like an award-winning classic in the making. 😉

    PS–I’m international, so don’t put my name in the draw if the contest is only open to US readers. =)


  12. Thanks for taking part in the race and for this giveaway!! Looking forward to reading One for the Murphys!



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