Reviewed for Middle School, 2009

The Chosen One

Kyra has twenty siblings and her father has three wives, but in the fenced community where she lives, this is normal. While she secretly visits a bookmobile, she's never really questioned life as she knows it. But when the Prophet declares she must marry her sixty-year-old uncle, Kyra must choose whether to stay with the family she loves, or escape. A riveting book with mature themes, this tightly spun novel explores what it means to be thirteen in a very different world. A beautifully written thriller that makes the heart race and break at the same time: trust your child to read it. (St. Martin's Griffin, $16.95)