Friday, January 23, 2009

Book Review - Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Thirteen-year-old Isabel is finally going to be free. Her master promised that when she died, all of her slaves will be released. Isabel is excited to start her new life of freedom. She wishes her mother lived to see it, but knows that her and her sister, Ruth, will make the most of their new found freedom. Little does Isabel know that her master’s son is not planning to let them go. He is planning to sell them to a wealthy and malicious New York couple. With war on the horizon, Isabel will have to fight to keep her and her sister together and attain freedom, even if it means spying for the patriots and putting her life at risk. Anderson does a fantastic job of taking the reader back to Revolutionary War days as seen through the eyes of a young slave girl. If you like Anderson’s book Fever 1793, you should definitely give Chains a try!

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