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The Chosen One

by Carol Lynch Williams

The Chosen One
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    May 2009, 224 pages
    Aug 2010, 240 pages

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Young Adults: When the prophet decrees that 13-year-old Kyra is to become her uncle's sixth wife she must make a desperate choice

Writing young adult fiction is a tricky endeavor, for the reader walks a meandering path between two worlds, that of child and adult.  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. Unfortunately, the book's cover, with it's alluring picture of a young girl's back, shown in a low cut dress (or nightgown) implies a sexual undercurrent that is nonexistent in the book itself and may serve, sadly, to hamper some adults from buying it. This would be a shame, for The Chosen One is a courageous story of heartbreaking dilemma and hope. 

Author Carol Lynch Williams skillfully ...

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