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 ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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