Chains

By Anderson, Laurie Halse

Publishers Summary:
If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

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ISBN
978-1-41690-585-1
Publisher
Simon


REVIEWS

School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2008

Gr 6-10 Set in New York City at the beginning of the American Revolution, "Chains" addresses the price of freedom both for a nation and for individuals. Isabel tells the story of her life as a slave. She was sold with her five-year-old sister to a cruel Loyalist family even though the girls were to be free upon the death of their former owner. She has hopes of finding a way to freedom and beco...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2008

Despite protests that her former owner's will had freed them, Isabel Finch and her five-year-old sister Ruth are sold and shipped from Newport, Rhode Island, to New York City in May 1776. Their new owners are fierce Loyalists, and one young African American rebel sees Isabel as a potential spy: "You are a slave, not a person. They'll say...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2009

Slaves Isabel and Ruth are shipped to New York in May 1776. Isabel, overhearing her Loyalist master's scheme to kill Georg...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 21, 2008

Chains is a gripping narrative with a riveting plot that includes espionage, betrayal, and plenty of action. These thrilling elements are firmly grounded in realistic depictions of Isabel's daily life as a slave, the risks she faces as a spy, and the inconveniences and dangers of living in a war zone. Isabel undergoes many grueling experiences. One of the most painful incidents she endures is the sale of h...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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