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(note: this post was cross-posted on The Nerdy Book Club Blog but contains a few variations, namely the interview posted in segments)
You may know that I have a variety of interests related to my work with children and families. One of my passions is celebrating the strength and resilience of those who overcome difficult situations. It's no surprise, then, that I fell in love with the book One for the Murphys and the character of Carley. I had the chance of a lifetime when Lynda Mullaly Hunt agreed to talk with me on Skype last week!
Here's my story:
It's not every day you read a book that reaches inside, grabs your heart, and takes it on a journey through laughter, tears, and hopeful moments of reflection. One for the Murphy's inspired me to think back on my time as a foster care social worker and classroom teacher and consider the incredible strengths and resilience of children I've met, and the families who became "their heroes." Carley's honest voice also touched the child inside of me who had a difficult time fitting in, validating my own trials and tribulations of growing up.
What Linda thinks of foster parents.
Getting Personal: Lynda's own experience of strength and resilience that added so much to her authentic voice
Fictional characters who inspired Lynda as a kid
Carley's counting and coping techniques
Lynda the lyricist and the power of music
How will Carley cope?
Getting to know Toni, loving the Red Sox, and fitting in
Will we hear from Carley again?
Lynda's message to Carley