Fledglings: Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

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Back in February, our teen book club, Fledglings, read Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka.

Celeste was born in Unity.  Taviana was brought into Unity from the outside.  Unity is an isolated community.  People live simple lives there as members of the Movement, a religious sect that practices polygamy.  Celeste wishes to believe and be pure of heart like her sister Nanette.  But Taviana’s stories have started Celeste asking questions and wondering about the world outside Unity.

Comments from the Fledglings:

- Introduced reader to a different culture.
- Made reader think and realize that people live by their beliefs.
- Gave insight into the life of religious sects and the lack of knowledge of the outside world.
- Enjoyed the three different perspectives, although at times the voices sounded too similar.
- Found the naivete of the women very upsetting.
- Felt that the author didn’t let Celeste reach her full potential.
- Wanted Celeste to run earlier
- Felt characters were shallow.
- Found language was unbelievable in points.
- Liked discussion potential.
- Liked three different narrators.
- Felt that the ending was rushed.

Final score: 6.8333333 out of 10

There’s still time to read the March selection before the meeting, though you can always come just to hear the discussion.  We’ll be talking about Fire by Kristin Cashore on Tuesday, March 20th at 4:30pm.

It’s not a peaceful time in the Dells.  Young King Nash clings to the throne, while rebel lords, in the north and south, build armies to unseat him.  War is coming.  The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves.

This is where Fire lives, a girl whose startling appearance is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

Everyone…except Prince Brigan.

If you’re a teen in grades 10 through 12 and are interested in joining Fledglings, please email us at owlsnestbooks@shaw.ca, call us at 403-287-9557 or just drop into one of the meetings.

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