The Chosen One

By Carol Lynch Williams
(Griffin, Hardcover, 9780312555115, 213pp.)

Publication Date: May 12, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2009 Kids' List
“Carol Lynch Williams has written the suspenseful, realistic story of a 13-yearold girl in an isolated polygamous community whose enforced engagement to her 60-year-old uncle reveals the truth about the religious leadership's corrupt motives and controlling, misogynistic underpinnings. Williams has done an amazing job of bringing some ugly truths to light, while celebrating the resilience, love, and spirit of the young women who survive the experience.”
-- Elizabeth Bluemle, Flying Pig Boooks, Shelburne, VT


Description

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.




About the Author
Carol Lynch Williams is the author of young adult novels including "Miles from Ordinary" and "The Chosen One", which was named one of 2010 ALA's "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" and "Best Books for Young Adult Readers." It also won the Whitney and the Association of Mormon Letters awards for the best young adult fiction of the year, as well as numerous other honors. Williams was the winner of the 2009 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and the 2013 Whitney Award for Outstanding Achievement. She grew up in Florida and now lives in Utah.
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