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 chains, both physical and spiritual.Read an Excerpt
Praise for Chains
“Anderson’s novel is remarkable for its strong sense of time and place and for its nuanced portrait of slavery and of New York City during the Revolutionary War.”
“Anderson explores elemental themes of power, freedom, and the sources of human strength in this searing, fascinating story.”
—Booklist, starred review
“Readers will care deeply about Isabel . . .”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Startlingly provocative . . . nuanced and evenhanded . . . a fast-moving, emotionally involving plot.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Engrossing. . . a heart-racing story.”
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Knocks on the conscience of a nation.”
—Christian Science Monitor