Title: Chains

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age Range: 5th grade and up

Another Book Club recommendation. Where would I be without my bookie friends?

This is about a young slave girl who ends up in Manhatten during the Revolutionary War. She's caught between people loyal to England and those fighting for a new nation. She has to make some very hard decisions, especially when it comes to taking care of her younger sister and following orders. Such a great read! There are two more books in the series also.


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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