The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who's ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn't fit in.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt (www.lyndamullalyhunt.com) has received many honors for her debut novel, One for the Murphys, which is on over twenty state award lists, including Bank Street's 2013 Best Books of the Year. She's a former teacher, and holds writers retreats for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.
* "Unforgettable and uplifting. . . . Deals with the hardships of middle school in a funny, yet realistic and thoughtful manner. Ally has a great voice, she is an unforgettable, plucky protagonist that the reader roots for from page one. This novel is a must-have."--School Library Connection, starred review
* "Filled with a delightful range of quirky characters and told
with heart, the story also explores themes of family, friendship,
and courage in its many forms. . . . It has something to offer for
a wide-ranging audience. . . . Offering hope to those who struggle
academically and demonstrating that a disability does not equal
stupidity, this is as unique as its heroine."--Booklist,
starred review * "Mullaly Hunt again paints a nuanced portrayal
of a sensitive, smart girl struggling with circumstances beyond her
control. . . . Ally's raw pain and depression are vividly rendered,
while the diverse supporting cast feels fully developed. . . . Mr.
Daniels is an inspirational educator whose warmth radiates off the
page. Best of all, Mullaly Hunt eschews the unrealistic feel-good
ending for one with hard work and small changes. Ally's journey is
heartwarming but refreshingly devoid of schmaltz."--School
Library Journal, starred review "[Hunt's] depiction of
Ally's learning struggles is relatable, and Ally's growth and
relationships feel organic and real."--Publishers Weekly
"Poignant. . . . Emphasis on 'thinking outside the box' . . .
Ally's new friendships are satisfying, as are the recognition of
her dyslexia and her renewed determination to read. Fans of R.J.
Palacio's Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship
and unconventional smarts."
--Kirkus Reviews "Reminiscent of Polacco's wonderful Thank You, Mr. Falker. . . . Ally's feeling of loneliness and desire to fit in will resonate with young teen readers, as many share those feelings without the difficulty of dyslexia. . . . A tribute to teachers who go the extra mile to reach every student. . . . A touching story with an important message."--Voice of Youth Advocates "Entertaining dialogue . . . Ally's descriptions of her 'mind movies' are creative and witty. . . . The treatment of a group of sixth-graders with various quirks who face down their bullies extends the book's interest beyond the immediate focus on dyslexia."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Readers will . . . cheer for this likable girl."
--The Horn Book