There's a book I remember reading in the late 90's or early 2000's that I can't find the title of. The key points I remember are:
- A girl (Girl-A) is living in a sort of orphanage having been taken from the city. She reads through all of the generally available books in the system and is granted automated access to Shakespeare and the like.
- A family come to the orphanage looking for a helper for the Sacrifice they are raising. Girl-A is chosen because she has read so much.
- The sacrifice (Girl-B) is exceptionally sensitive to chemicals causing her to lose her hair, have peeling skin, and the like. She is being raised to take on a semi-religious role for the community in ritually testing the safety of food and water.
- Girl-A ends up doing the studying that Girl-B should be doing for her training and Girl-A continually provides the correct answers for Girl-B
- Girl-A has a cassette tape she has been carrying around for a long time. A mountain man character she was initially scared of (Name may have been Lem?) is able to build a cassette player to play it.
- Girl-A enjoys eating fish and this is considered expensive
- I believe one of the tests was set in the Alberta badlands but am not totally sure.
Anyone know this book?