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When their owner dies at the start of the Revolution, Isabel and her younger sister are sold to Loyalists in New York, where Isabel is offered the chance to spy for the Patriots.
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.
Publisher: New York :, Atheneum Books for Young Readers,, 2011
ISBN: 9781416998617
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Jul 12, 2019

I couldn't put the book down! An amazing tale of a young girl's fight for freedom.

Jun 30, 2019

Before reading this book, I used to always just think of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln when hearing the world "slavery." Now, through Isabel's story, I've seen that slavery has an immense history dating centuries back. This novel is a fantastic historical fiction story that proves history does not have to be boring.

Aug 27, 2018

Amazing book! One of my favorites!

Jul 07, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! I found Isabel's journey and struggles very interesting! Anderson wrote a very compelling story that kept me enthralled the whole way through! I can't wait to read the rest of the series and find out what happened to Isabel and Ruth!

spl_merley Nov 22, 2017

Anderson's writing draws you into the live's of her characters and their struggle against the oppression of this period in American history. A moving and insightful read.

CRRLKids Aug 04, 2017

I've always recommended Laurie Halse Anderson to teens interested in a solid historical fiction read with a bit of mystery and intrigue, and this book is no exception. Isabel is a strong female protagonist who a lot of teens might relate to when it comes to taking risks while still holding strong to their moral compass. Very well developed characters and vivid historical descriptions. The cliffhanger ending will definitely leave you wanting to read Forge, the sequel.

Mar 28, 2017

This book is a good mix of historical information and engrossing story. Isabel is so real, she pulls you into her story. This book is definitely one you should read.

Sep 30, 2016

"Chains" was a fast-paced, riveting historical fiction novel that blew me away with its emotion and views of war, slavery, and overcoming obstacles when the odds are completely against you. I was inspired to say the least!

ArapahoeDonna Aug 19, 2016

I frequently pull this book off the shelf for a teen looking for historical fiction. I think it is an eye opener to help teens search out this subject on their own but it is written in a way that won't scare a young reader away.

Aug 06, 2016

i love this book!!
Chains made me cry and i like the next book, forge, too.

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Jun 25, 2015

This book is about the story of a young African American girl who gets taken away from her family along with her little sister, and travels to the early East Coast U.S.A. in the 1700's when our country was first being established.

bluedog91 Jun 30, 2014

she gets taken away from her family and put on sell and she gets sold to a white man and is always getting beat and she loses her bestfriend so she keeps wondering when it is going to end?

Jun 26, 2014

Isabel has to be a slave. She has to suffer when her sister is taken.
She escapes with a boy named curzon.

Feb 01, 2014

A great book about a girl and her little sister as they battle through slavery a midst the happenings of the Revolutionary War. How can they ever reach freedom?


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Mar 07, 2017

Other: Intense scenes/imagery. Good for a mature 10 yr. old +


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Jul 06, 2014

" The best time to talk to ghosts is just before the sun comes up.That's when they can hear us true, Momma said.That's when ghosts can answer us.
The eastern sky was peach colored, but
a handful of lazy stars still blinked in the west. It was almost time. "

– Isabel Gardener

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