The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

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Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated community without questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters, with two more on the way. That is, without questioning them much--if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

But when the Prophet decrees that she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle--who already has six wives--Kyra must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.

PLUS SPECIAL BONUS CONTENT: FIRST CHAPTER "SNEAK PEEK" OF CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS’S MILES FROM ORDINARY.

"Imagine Anna Quindlen or Sue Miller turning her attention to writing a young adult novel, and you have an idea what [Williams] has done for early teen readers…" --Audrey Couloumbis, author of the Newbery Honor Book Getting Close to Baby

Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control....

"No one can get inside the head and heart of a 13-year-old girl better than Carol Lynch Williams, and I mean no one," said James S. Jacobs, Professor of Children's Literature at Brigham Young University, of her breakout novel, The Chosen One. Now this award-winning YA author brings us an equally gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.


 

About Carol Lynch Williams

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CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS, winner of the 2009 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, grew up in Florida, but now lives in Utah. Her novel The Chosen One was named one of 2010 ALA's "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" and "Best Books for Young Adult Readers".  
 
Published May 12, 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin. 240 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Williams strikes just the right balance between informative and cautionary in this gripping tale about a 13-year-old girl trapped in a polygamist cult. At first, Kyra's struggles center around

May 25 2009 | Read Full Review of The Chosen One

The New York Times

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Carol Lynch Williams’s teenage heroine ponders escape from a polygamous sect; Naomi Rich’s faces a similar struggle, but in an alternate time and place -- an Olde England of sorts.

Jun 14 2009 | Read Full Review of The Chosen One

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That is, without questioning them much—if you don’t count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.”.

May 23 2009 | Read Full Review of The Chosen One

Young Adult Books Central

Believing that her sins - reading books from outside the Compound, in love with a boy from their group, thoughts of escaping - have caused this to happen, Kyra find herself entangled within the thoughts of what it real and what is normal.While she goes through her daily life, the reader can watch...

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Lectus cn 6 Jan 2014

Do sects exist to foster pedophiles? so far, all the books I've read about "chosen communities" involve a man of the age of Methuselah marrying a 15/16 year old girl because God ordered.

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