The Chosen One by Carol Lynch WilliamsThirteen-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. That is, without questioning it much - if you dont count her visits to the Ironton County Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her secret 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 Kyra must marry her sixty-year-old uncle - who already has six wives - she must make a desperate choice in the face of violence and her own fears of losing her family forever.
An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults.
A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.
Recommended by The New England Childrens Booksellers Association.
BOOK REVIEW: The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Kyra is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in an isolated community governed over by a prophet. The Prophet's word is law and everyone must obey it, even when the Prophet orders Kyra to marry her own uncle. Her uncle is a man more than forty years her senior who already has six wives. Kyra wants to be obedient, she wants to do what her three mothers and her father tell her, but the idea of marrying her own uncle is too overwhelming. Not only that, but Kyra has already found a boy who wishes to choose her as his first wife.
Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in her isolated community without ever questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters; without ever questioning the strict rules imposed by 'the Prophet who leads them. But now Kyra has started keeping secrets. She reads books that are forbidden and sneaks away to meet Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself, instead of having a husband chosen for her.
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Kyra is just thirteen, living in a religious community in Utah. Her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters. Their upbringing is strict — the new Prophet of the compound has very set rules that focus on discipline, obedience and the holy scriptures. Books are banned — burned when the new Prophet came to be. Kyra knows how to read and reading is one of the few pleasures she takes in life, along with playing the piano. She hides the books she borrows high in her favourite tree and reads them in secret. Before Joshua can choose Kyra though, the Prophet comes to visit Kyra and her family, saying that he has had a vision about her — a vision that is straight from God.