Isabel and her five-year-old sister Ruth are slaves owned by a Loyalist couple living in New York City in this novel set during the Revolutionary War. Dismayed by the conditions of her life, Isabel decides to seek freedom for herself and Ruth by becoming a spy for the rebel armies. However, she soon learns that even those fighting for independence for themselves are not to be trusted when it comes to ensuring the freedom of slaves. This book was named a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award in the Young People's Literature category. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008.
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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Book Details Summary:
The title of this book is Chains
and it was written by Laurie Halse Anderson
. This particular 1st edition is in a Paperback format. This books publish date is January 5, 2010 and it has a suggested retail price of $7.99. It was published by Atheneum and has a total of 316 pages in the book. The 10 digit ISBN is 1416905863 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9781416905868; it is a part of the Seeds of America series. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here