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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

QuinnLovesCats, November 28, 2012

Chains By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson starts just as the the Revolutionary war begins. Isabel, a thirteen year old girl, and her younger sister, fight for freedom. After the death of their owner, they are sold to a New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the two sisters. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the patriots... he encourages her to spy on her new owners, who know details of british invasion plans. Although she is reluctant at first, she then realizes that this could be the key to freedom, for her, and her sister. This book, honestly, brought me to tears. The author brings you into a whole new world. It was so powerful, and I, throughout the entire book, felt as though I was Isabel, and I was going through the troubles that she and her sister went through. I think, the overall theme would be “ Struggling to get free is the price of freedom.” Throughout the entire book Isabel fights for her freedom, and struggles. Isabel said in the book, “The burned - over district looked like the inside of me. It was hard to tell where one stopped and the other started. I feared my wits had been melted by the flames, twisted and charred” This quote said a bit about the setting, and the theme. The theme, honestly, is clued through the entire book. I love this theme. It almost tells a story, right in that one sentence. I recommend this book to everyone that loves true stories, and love getting a little teary eyed.
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