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Sister Wife
Contributor(s): Hrdlitschka, Shelley (Author)

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ISBN: 1551439271     ISBN-13: 9781551439273
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2008
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Annotation: 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.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Religion & Faith
- Young Adult Fiction | Girls & Women
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - Values & Virtues
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2008928548
Age Level: 14-17
Grade Level: 9-12
Lexile Measure: 680 NC (Nonconforming Text)
Physical Information: 1.3" H x 5.4" W x 8.2" (0.80 lbs) 269 pages
Features: Ikids, Price on Product, Recycled Paper
Awards: Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, Nominee, Grades 9-12, 2011
Young Adult Canadian Book Award, Finalist, Young Adult, 2009
Governor General's Literary Awards, Finalist, Children's Literature, 2009
Review Citations: Voice of Youth Advocates 12/01/2008 - Recommended - Better Than Most
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2008
Booklist 12/15/2008 pg. 40
School Library Journal 04/01/2009 pg. 136
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 129623
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
 
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Publisher Description:
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.


Contributor Bio(s): Hrdlitschka, Shelley: - Shelley Hrdlitschka has written many novels for teens, including Sister Wife, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where she hikes, snowshoes and hangs out with grizzly bears at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. For more information, visit www.shelleyhrdlitschka.ca.
 
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