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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's UK (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847389384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847389381
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Powerful and heartbreaking.” --Meg Cabot
“"The Chosen One" makes the heart race, the teeth grind, and the brow bead up in sweat.” --Gregory Maguire, author of "Wicked
"“Absolutely riveting . . . a wonderful book.” --Cynthia Kadohata, author of "Kira-Kira
"“Truly thought-provoking, heartfelt, and just a plain old good read.” --An Na, author of "A Step from Heaven
"“Extraordinary . . . brave . . . a masterpiece.” --Kathi Appelt, author of" The Underneath
"“Beautiful, compassionate, and full of hope.” --Sara Zarr, author of "Story of a Girl
""Writing young adult fiction is a tricky endeavor, for the reader walks a fine line between juvenile and adult worlds. A successful book of this genre must tread ever so carefully on the line that separates interesting and evocative from inappropriate. It must provoke thought without being overly explicit. No easy feat when the subject matter is polygam

"Powerful and heartbreaking." --Meg Cabot

""The Chosen One" makes the heart race, the teeth grind, and the brow bead up in sweat." --Gregory Maguire, author of "Wicked

""Absolutely riveting . . . a wonderful book." --Cynthia Kadohata, author of "Kira-Kira

""Truly thought-provoking, heartfelt, and just a plain old good read." --An Na, author of "A Step from Heaven

""Extraordinary . . . brave . . . a masterpiece." --Kathi Appelt, author of" The Underneath

""Beautiful, compassionate, and full of hope." --Sara Zarr, author of "Story of a Girl

""Writing young adult fiction is a tricky endeavor, for the reader walks a fine line between juvenile and adult worlds. A successful book of this genre must tread ever so carefully on the line that separates interesting and evocative from inappropriate. It must provoke thought without being overly explicit. No easy feat when the subject matter is polygamy. The Chosen One serves as a fine example of handling such a difficult issue deftly ... Kyra's story is not easily forgotten and offers up ancillary topics such as the importance of libraries, the subjugation of women and the dangers of extremist fundamentalism, to name just a few." "--"BJ Hegedus, "BookBrowse.com"

"Powerful and heartbreaking." --Meg Cabot
""The Chosen One" makes the heart race, the teeth grind, and the brow bead up in sweat." --Gregory Maguire, author of "Wicked
""Absolutely riveting . . . a wonderful book." --Cynthia Kadohata, author of "Kira-Kira
""Truly thought-provoking, heartfelt, and just a plain old good read." --An Na, author of "A Step from Heaven
""Extraordinary . . . brave . . . a masterpiece." --Kathi Appelt, author of" The Underneath
""Beautiful, compassionate, and full of hope." --Sara Zarr, author of "Story of a Girl
""Writing young adult fiction is a tricky endeavor, for the reader walks a fine line between juvenile and adult worlds. A successful book of this genre must tread ever so carefully on the line that separates interesting and evocative from inappropriate. It must provoke thought without being overly explicit. No easy feat when the subject matter is polygamy. The Chosen One serves as a fine example of handling such a difficult issue deftly ... Kyra's story is not easily forgotten and offers up ancillary topics such as the importance of libraries, the subjugation of women and the dangers of extremist fundamentalism, to name just a few." "--"BJ Hegedus, "BookBrowse.com"

Powerful and heartbreaking. "Meg Cabot"

"The Chosen One" makes the heart race, the teeth grind, and the brow bead up in sweat. "Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked"

Absolutely riveting . . . a wonderful book. "Cynthia Kadohata, author of Kira-Kira"

Truly thought-provoking, heartfelt, and just a plain old good read. "An Na, author of A Step from Heaven"

Extraordinary . . . brave . . . a masterpiece. "Kathi Appelt, author of The Underneath"

Beautiful, compassionate, and full of hope. "Sara Zarr, author of Story of a Girl"

Writing young adult fiction is a tricky endeavor, for the reader walks a fine line between juvenile and adult worlds. A successful book of this genre must tread ever so carefully on the line that separates interesting and evocative from inappropriate. It must provoke thought without being overly explicit. No easy feat when the subject matter is polygamy. The Chosen One serves as a fine example of handling such a difficult issue deftly ... Kyra's story is not easily forgotten and offers up ancillary topics such as the importance of libraries, the subjugation of women and the dangers of extremist fundamentalism, to name just a few. "BJ Hegedus, BookBrowse.com"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Carol Lynch Williams grew up in Florida but now lives in Utah with her husband and seven children. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and helped develop the conference on Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers at Brigham Young University.


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Format: Hardcover
WOW!

That's the first word that came to mind as I turned the final page of THE CHOSEN ONE. I sat contemplating what I had just finished and had to process everything that Kyra had been through.

Meet Kyra Carlson. She is the second daughter to one of her father's three wives. She has been brought up in the Chosen One compound. Life wasn't always so strict. But when Prophet Childs takes over the lead, he takes tighter control. A fence is placed around the grounds. Women can no longer leave as easily. Reading is forbidden. Women and children must be obedient.

One night, Prophet Childs and three of his Apostles come knocking on Krya's trailer. The whole family is there for the visit. In stunned silence, Kyra hears the words that she has been Chosen. She is to become the seventh wife of her Uncle Hyrum.

Kyra is only thirteen. Her older sister, Emily, isn't right in the head, so no one is surprised that Emily hasn't been chosen. But it is shocking to be so young and to then have to wed her own uncle. It's just wrong. Even Kyra's father is flabbergasted at the pronouncement. The wedding is to be in four weeks.

Kyra is a rebel at the compound. She sneaks off to meet the weekly bookmobile on the main road. She keeps her library book hidden in the branches of a tree. She also secretly meets up with Joshua. He vows that if given the chance, he will choose Kyra for his wife.

Once Kyra hears the news that she is to wed, she does all she can to convince her family not to make it happen. But everyone is scared of the society they live in and know that going against Prophet Childs' wishes will make life worse for her entire family.

Kyra knows that marrying Uncle Hyrum is wrong. She doesn't accept the rules of the Chosen Ones.
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I wasn't sure that Carol Lynch Williams' The Chosen One, the story of a girl raised in a polygamous cult, was going to be a hit with me. I'll be honest with you: after reading the cover blurb, I thought this would be an educational read... but not one I'd be swept away by.

More honesty: I was completely wrong. I connected instantly with Kyra, the secret reader at the heart of this powerful tale, and a week later her story is still floating around at the edges of my consciousness. In Kyra, Carol Lynch Williams has created a character who commands the reader's attention by not sensationalizing her story. Unworldly and uncalculating, her voice draws its power from the fact that we see how terrifying her life is even before she does. She's a character who will appeal to all those voracious readers out there, because she reminds us that reading is a freedom and we should cherish it. At the same time, she cuts an endearingly quaint figure - blanching at the sight of what passes for clothing in on her one chaperoned trip into to town, marvelling at the taste of restaurant food, daydreaming to herself about how cute her classmate looks in his blue jeans. There's a certain beautiful symmetry to the way that books from the outside world give Kyra a means of escape, and her story gives the reader an insight into a very insular way of life. We're looking in at her peering out, and that's part of what makes her story so poignant.

While The Chosen One is impossible to put down, it's not always an easy book to read. Kyra is thirteen, and as you'd expect the idea of marrying her own uncle is something that both repulses and terrifies her.
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It doesn't matter how i write this review i am never going to do this book justice. Thats a bad thing on one way because i won't get my point across, but on the plus side, it's simply so brilliantly written i can't express how amazing it is.
Of all the hard-hitting books I've read in my lifetime this one is one of those that hit the hardest. It tackles so many different issues and taboo topics including child abuse, polygamy and murder among many other.
That's not to say though that this is a depressing and morbid story because it isn't and there are many hopeful and uplifting moments.

In brief, the story focuses on Kyra, a 13-year-old girl with three mothers, one father and countless brothers and sisters who live in a compound with the other members of there cult religion. Life is strict there. They aren't allowed to read any other books but the Bible, the women marry who there told to and they aren't even allowed to flirt (i mean how nutty is that???)
Kyra herself is quite the rebellious teen and is certain there is more for her than an arranged marriage. She's even started getting books from the mobile library which she reads in secret.
Her life becomes all the more complicated when the Prophet tells her that she has been chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle Hyrum who is 60-years-old.
Disgusted by this turn of events, Kyra desperately tries to find a way to escape and to be with the boy she does love, whom she wants to choose for herself.

The story plunges straight in and doesn't do any long winded introductions or explanations. Kyra's world is very normal to her.
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