Chains

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 2, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages
117 Reviews
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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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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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
13
Section 4
24
Section 5
26
Section 6
36
Section 7
42
Section 8
48
Section 23
169
Section 24
172
Section 25
177
Section 26
185
Section 27
191
Section 28
196
Section 29
200
Section 30
206

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
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About the author (2011)

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @HalseAnderson, or visit her at MadWomanintheForest.com.