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The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One

by Carol Lynch Williams

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74110112,575 (4.04)38
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    MyriadBooks: For the lack of adults who were supposed to protect you.
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    Forbidden by Judy Waite (Runa)
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    The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (Maggie_Rum)
    Maggie_Rum: Both this book and The Chosen One portray stories of the danger of polygamy, especially to young women.
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    Hush by Eishes Chayil (BookSpot)
    BookSpot: Both books deal with girls in insular religious communities that are not all that they appear to be from the outside. Both also deal with things that it's hard to imagine can be going on like that today but they do it well.
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    The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante (ForeignCircus)
    ForeignCircus: Another young adult novel about growing up in a religious cult and facing unbearable choices to further the greater good.
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This is a teen book recommended by Good Reads in the June newsletter. I would like to give it a 3.5 but I can't do that. It is the sad story of the life of a fictional teen girl in a fundamentalisst polygamist society. It is more than a little frightening if it depicts reality! Worth reading, particularly since it is a short work. I finished it in one day. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Read this book.
  RhondaHoward | Jul 28, 2015 |
Part of the reason I love reading is to get to experience another world. This book delivered that very well. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
Pretty brutal for a teen book - but very well written. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
Pretty brutal for a teen book - but very well written. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
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Kyra's terrible dilemma--escaping her fate means betraying her family--is heartbreakingly real, and the final scenes are riveting and suspenseful.
added by Katya0133 | editKirkus (Apr 1, 2009)
Williams’ portrayals of the family are sharp, but what’s most interesting about this book is how the yearnings and fears of a character so far from what most YAs know will still seem familiar and close.
added by Katya0133 | editBooklist, Ilene Cooper (Feb 15, 2009)
This page turner will appeal to all readers who enjoy fiction with an important message, combined with suspense and danger beautifully crafted within.
added by Katya0133 | editLibrary Media Connection, Judith M. Garner
The cinematic drama of [Alis and Kyra's] lives, not to mention the fact that they'd both feel at home in ''The Crucible,'' is a means to reach a quieter truth, revealing that moment in childhood when you recognize your thoughts as your own and discover forces in the world that your parents cannot -- or will not -- protect you from.
added by Katya0133 | editNew York Times Book Review, Jessica Bruder
Williams creates sympathetic characters, and readers will hold their breath right to the end, hoping that Kyra wins her freedom.
added by Katya0133 | editHorn Book Magazine, Chelsey Philpot
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"If I was going to kill the Prophet," I say, not even keeping my voice low, "I'd do it in Africa."
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In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs' teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.… (more)

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