The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

By Carol Lynch Williams

Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an remoted neighborhood with no wondering the truth that her father has 3 other halves and she or he has twenty brothers and sisters, with extra at the method. that's, with out wondering them much---if you don’t count number her mystery visits to the cellular Library on Wheels to learn forbidden books, or her conferences with Joshua, the boy she hopes to settle on for herself rather than having a guy selected for her. but if the Prophet decrees that she needs to marry her sixty-year-old uncle---who already has six wives---Kyra needs to make a determined selection within the face of violence and her personal fears of wasting her kin eternally.

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We whispered long into the night, sitting in the shadows of the Temple. His arm was around my shoulder. I petted his face like Mother does with Father. ” In the dark I grinned. “You shouldn’t watch me like that,” I said. He stretched his long legs out. Rested his head against mine. “Tell me,” I said. ” “All the time,” Joshua said. His breath was warm in the cool night air. I could hear him smiling. ” “Okay. ” I waited, wanting to stay like this forever. I wanted to be like this in the open. In the daytime.

We have nearly an hour before the Prophet comes by,” Laura says. ” Laura grins at me. Our trailer is so small we can hear one another’s thoughts. “I’ll be back when you call,” I say, and my mother nods, then sinks onto the sofa and closes her eyes. I MAKE MY WAY out to the Russian Olive trees that line the back of the Compound. We’re lucky. Our trailer is closest to these trees and I love them. I love the way they smell sweet in the spring, and I love the silverish-green color of their leaves.

The smell of the desert kicked up from a slight breeze that blew in from the west. Joshua laughed. “I’m sorry, Kyra,” he said, hurrying beside me. I refused to look at him. Instead, I kept my eyes forward and headed across the parking lot around the Temple, feeling a little angry but more horrified and even more pleased that Joshua had surprised me. ” he asked. With my head, I gestured at the Fellowship Hall. “Why? ” Oh, you are so so so cute, I thought. So cute! Ahhh! Joshua nodded, then shaded his eyes against the setting sun.

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