10 March 2010

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Thirteen-year-old Kyra's home is in a polygamous community with her father, her mothers, and her many brothers and sisters. She isn't exactly content with life, but she loves her family, her greatest joy is playing the piano, and she has a super secret crush on Joshua. On the day that Kyra finds out she has been promised in marriage to her father's brother -- a man 5o years her elder, and her uncle! -- her world begins to crumble. Kyra's father and Joshua speak with the Prophet in an attempt to appeal the decision, resulting only in harsh words and violent fists. When Joshua is sent away from the compound, Kyra knows she must run away. In order to do what is best for herself, she relies on internal strength, the Mobile Library on Wheels, and her faith in God to help guide her. But there is no easy way out for Kyra.

This is an extraordinary and powerful account of life in a polygamous cult. The lives and characters of this novel are horrifying and endearing, and this story will both bring tears to your eyes and inspiration to your heart. Most highly recommended for all readers, though intense situations and circumstances make this title best for older readers. Especially recommended on audio.
Call number: YA WILLIAMS

Reviewed by kate the librarian

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