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Laurie Halse Anderson, who wrote one of my favorite young adult books, Speak, and won a gazillion awards for it, pushes the entire genre to another level (again) with this Revolutionary War-era novel. You could read tons of long-winded reviews of this book before you buy it, but all you need to know is this: her fantastic, witty writing and similar subject matter will draw the inevitable comparisons to M. T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, but ultimately it is its own fantastic, solidly grounded book. Bring on the awards.
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If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, 13-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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"Pursuing similar themes as M.T. Anderson's Octavian Nothing, this gripping novel offers readers a startlingly provocative view of the Revolutionary War. Isabel Finch, the narrator, and her five-year-old sister, Ruth, are to be freed from slavery upon the death of their mistress in Rhode Island, but the mistress's unscrupulous heir easily persuades the local pastor to dispense with reading the will. Before long Isabel and Ruth are in New York City, the property of a Loyalist couple, whose abusiveness inspires Isabel to a dangerous course: she steals into the Patriot army camp to trade a crucial Loyalist secret in exchange for passage to Rhode Island for herself and Ruth. But not only does the Patriot colonel fail to honor his promise, he personally hands her over to her Loyalist mistress when she runs away, to face disastrous consequences. Anderson (Speak; Fever 1793) packs so much detail into her evocation of wartime New York City that readers will see the turmoil and confusion of the times, and her solidly researched exploration of British and Patriot treatment of slaves during a war for freedom is nuanced and evenhanded, presented in service of a fast-moving, emotionally involving plot. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In the first months of the Revolutionary War, Isabel, an orphaned slave in New York City, feels "chained between two nations." She spies on her cruel Loyalist masters for the American cause, but the patriots refuse to intervene when she is beaten and branded for running away. Though "bees built a hive of sadness" in her soul, Isabel is determined to escape and rescue her sister, who is enslaved in... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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A tale of pirates, mutiny, and friendship on the high seas, perfect for fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

It is 1662, and twelve-year-old Petra sees only one way to escape her abusive father: She stows away on a merchant ship bound for the East Indies. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bram, the illegitimate, half-Dutch / Half-Javanese son of the ships carpenter, finds her hiding spot, Petra convinces him to help her stay hidden . . .and help disguise her as a boy. 

If Petra is discovered and exposed as a girl, she could be tossed overboard, or worse . . . returned to her father. And if Bram is exposed for helping her, he could lose the only home—and family—he has. And so as tensions rise on the ship, with pirate attacks, illness, and even mutiny, both Petra and Bram must make impossible decisions about friendship, loyalty, freedom, and survival. Told in alternating voices and filled with secrets and intrigue, this action-packed, richly researched novel is historical fiction at its best. 

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of numerous wonderful books for children and teens. Her highly acclaimed novels include Speak, which was a National Book Award finalist, Printz Honor Book, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her novel Fever 1793 was named one of New York Public Library's 100 Best Books of 2000, was selected as an ABA Pick of the Lists title, and has won more than a dozen state awards. Her most recent novel, Twisted, was a New York Times bestseller. Laurie lives in Mexico, New York.

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sloleigh, November 24, 2008 (view all comments by sloleigh)
I picked up this book because my daughter is studying the 1700's in her Classical History/Literature class. I was intrigued by the book's subject matter and began reading it myself; once I did, I could not put the book down. I have been raving about "Chains" since I finished it. Even though I found it in the middle reader section, it is appropiate for teens and adults.
The story presents a very vivid picture of life as a house slave during the Revolutionary War, as well as what it was like for Patriot soldiers and prisoners of war. Readers will learn much about the War itself and as well as life during the 1770's in the colonies. I highly recommend "Chains" and am anxiously awaiting the sequel!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416905851
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Author:
Yohalem, Eve
Subject:
Spies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Historical / United States / Revolutionary Periods
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. Colonial and Revolutionary Periods
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
The Seeds of America Trilogy
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c jkt:sf-x = offset stock with foil +
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
10-12

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Product details 320 pages Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing - English 9781416905851 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Laurie Halse Anderson, who wrote one of my favorite young adult books, Speak, and won a gazillion awards for it, pushes the entire genre to another level (again) with this Revolutionary War-era novel. You could read tons of long-winded reviews of this book before you buy it, but all you need to know is this: her fantastic, witty writing and similar subject matter will draw the inevitable comparisons to M. T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, but ultimately it is its own fantastic, solidly grounded book. Bring on the awards.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Pursuing similar themes as M.T. Anderson's Octavian Nothing, this gripping novel offers readers a startlingly provocative view of the Revolutionary War. Isabel Finch, the narrator, and her five-year-old sister, Ruth, are to be freed from slavery upon the death of their mistress in Rhode Island, but the mistress's unscrupulous heir easily persuades the local pastor to dispense with reading the will. Before long Isabel and Ruth are in New York City, the property of a Loyalist couple, whose abusiveness inspires Isabel to a dangerous course: she steals into the Patriot army camp to trade a crucial Loyalist secret in exchange for passage to Rhode Island for herself and Ruth. But not only does the Patriot colonel fail to honor his promise, he personally hands her over to her Loyalist mistress when she runs away, to face disastrous consequences. Anderson (Speak; Fever 1793) packs so much detail into her evocation of wartime New York City that readers will see the turmoil and confusion of the times, and her solidly researched exploration of British and Patriot treatment of slaves during a war for freedom is nuanced and evenhanded, presented in service of a fast-moving, emotionally involving plot. Ages 10 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A tale of pirates, mutiny, and friendship on the high seas, perfect for fans of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

It is 1662, and twelve-year-old Petra sees only one way to escape her abusive father: She stows away on a merchant ship bound for the East Indies. But she quickly realizes that surviving for months at sea will be impossible without help. So when Bram, the illegitimate, half-Dutch / Half-Javanese son of the ships carpenter, finds her hiding spot, Petra convinces him to help her stay hidden . . .and help disguise her as a boy. 

If Petra is discovered and exposed as a girl, she could be tossed overboard, or worse . . . returned to her father. And if Bram is exposed for helping her, he could lose the only home—and family—he has. And so as tensions rise on the ship, with pirate attacks, illness, and even mutiny, both Petra and Bram must make impossible decisions about friendship, loyalty, freedom, and survival. Told in alternating voices and filled with secrets and intrigue, this action-packed, richly researched novel is historical fiction at its best. 

"Synopsis" by , 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.

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