Chains

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.

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.

—Hornbook

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    Reviews & Awards

     

    • IRA Teachers' Choices booklist for 2009
    • Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2009 Kids' List
    • 2008 Booklist's Editors Choice-Books for Youth
    • 2008 National Book Award Finalist
    • 2009 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
    • 2009 Top 10 Black History Books for Youth
    • 2009 Notable Children's Book
    • “Anderson explores elemental themes of power, freedom, and the sources of human strength in this searing, fascinating story.”—Booklist *Starred review*
    • “...fast-moving, emotionally involving plot.”—Publishers Weekly *Starred review*
    • “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.” —Hornbook
    • “"Chains" offers a perfect springboard for classroom discussion and history lessons. But don't dismiss it as academic fodder. Battle scenes and politics, heroic acts and secret plots fill its pages, making it as exciting for readers who prefer action (as do many boys) as it is inspiring for those more drawn to stories about people and relationships (as girls often are).” — Christian Science Monitor
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