Chains, Volume 1

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A&C Black, 2010 - African Americans - 316 pages
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"New York, 1776. As the American Revolutionary War rages, a thirteen-year-old girl pursues her own fight ... for freedom. Isabel and her sister, Ruth, are slaves who are sold to a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons. ... Determined to break Isabel's spirit, Mrs Lockton commits an unthinkable act of cruelty, one that will ensure Isabel embarks on the biggest and most perilous adventure of her life. Isabel will need all her strength to survive. Can she break the chains the are holding her and find a better life?"--Back cover. Suggested level: secondary.

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

I listened to the audio version, no complaints about that. Gave me new perspective about slavery during the Rev. War; lots of yummy details about the daily life of a wealthy Tory, the dilemma of ... Read full review

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User Review  - kkaspy - LibraryThing

Lots of different points of view occur in this book - Loyalist, Patriot, Slave, and Free Blacks. Students would decide how each group might define freedom and liberty - and then, based on those definitions, show how it drives the actions of the characters for each group. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Laurie Halse Anderson was born in Potsdam, New York on October 23, 1961. She received a B.S.L.L. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a freelance reporter. Her first book, Ndito Runs, was published in 1996. She has written numerous books for children including Turkey Pox, No Time for Mother's Day, Fever 1793, Speak, Catalyst, Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution, Chains and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She also created the Wild at Heart series, which was originally published by American Girl but is now called the Vet Volunteers series and is published by Penguin Books for Young Readers. Anderson has been nominated and won multiple honorary awards for her literary work. For the masterpiece Speak, Anderson won the Printz Honor Book Award, a National Book Award nomination, Golden Kite award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her book Fever 1793 won the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults selection and the Junior Library Guild selection. In 2008, Chains was selected for the National Book Award Finalist and in 2009 was awarded for its Historical Fiction the Scott O'Dell Award.

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