Sister Wife

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Orca Book Publishers, Oct 1, 2008 - Young Adult Fiction - 280 pages
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In the isolated rural community of Unity, the people of The Movement live a simple life guided by a set of religious principles and laws that are unique to them. Polygamy is the norm, strict obedience is expected and it is customary for young girls to be assigned to much older husbands. Celeste was born and raised in Unity, yet she struggles to fit in. Perhaps it's because of Taviana, the girl who has come to live with them and entertains Celeste with forbidden stories, or Jon, the young man she has clandestine meetings with, or maybe it's the influence of Craig, the outsider she meets on the beach. Whatever it is, she struggles to accept her ordained life. At fifteen she is repulsed at the thought of being assigned to an older man and becoming a sister wife, and she knows for certain she is not cut out to raise children. She wants something more for herself, yet feels powerless to change her destiny because rebelling would bring shame upon her family. Celeste watches as Taviana leaves Unity, followed by Jon, and finally Craig, the boy who has taught her to think "outside the box." Although she is assigned to a caring man, his sixth wife, she is desperately unhappy. How will Celeste find her way out of Unity? Torn from the headlines and inspired by current events, Sister Wife is a compelling portrait of a community where the laws of the outside world are ignored and where individuality is punished.

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User Review  - ShouldIReadIt - LibraryThing

Celeste will soon be 15 years old, and is not looking forward to getting married. When a girl turns 15, The Prophet decides which man she will marry, and the girl has no choice in the matter. Her job ... Read full review

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User Review  - Milaxox - LibraryThing

I chose this book solely for the purpose of a history project. We had to choose from a list of books and this one was very interesting. I was surprised at how good the book was. The community was very ... Read full review

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Shelley Hrdlitschka discovered her love for children's literature while teaching school. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with her three daughters and an assortment of animals. When she's not writing, she can be found hiking, snowshoeing, practicing yoga or hidden away with a book and some good music. More information can be found at www.shelleyhrdlitschka.com.

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