Chains (Seeds of America Trilogy) (Paperback)

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This is an Award Winning book by author Laurie Halse Anderson, who is not afraid to write books on hard topics.  Chains is the story of Isabel, who is a slave in 1776.  In such a time of turmoil, not only is live hard as a slave to a harsh mistress but with the war coming, who to decide which side to be on. All Isabel wants is to be free with her little sister Ruth.  Isabel must find a way to be free and if that means being a spy, she will be.  Written in the time of the Revolutionary War in New York, this book is filled with excerpts from that time to show how hard life could be and what people were thinking at the time.  I really enjoyed this book. This is available as an e-book and audio.

If you like this you should read: Sophie’s War by Avi

- Recommended by Chris

— From October Staff Picks for Book Lovers


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781416905868
ISBN-10: 1416905863
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 5th, 2010
Pages: 316
Language: English
Series: Seeds of America Trilogy