Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka is the story of 3 teenager girls trying to find their place in their community. Celeste is the main narrator who is struggling with her rebellious feelings against the polygamous community where she lives. Taviana is the newcomer to the community who welcomes the structured environment after living on the streets for several years. Nanette is Celeste’s half-sister who feels at peace with the way things are and doesn’t understand why Celeste can’t be happy.
Each chapter is told from a different girl’s perspective, and they combine together to create a story that grabs your attention. What will happen to Taviana? Will Celeste choose her own happiness or the happiness of her family?
The news is filled with stories about communities just like the one in this story. Sister Wife makes the news stories seem more real and may help today’s teenagers put themselves in the place of the people they see on TV in the news.
(Be sure to catch the author’s interviews, too.)
Guest Blogger Becky Jackman is the vice-president/president-elect of the Tennessee Association of School Librarians and a high school librarian at Northeast High School in Clarksville, TN. Email Becky and share your comments.