Book Review: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Chains
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Released: October 21, 2008
Series: Seeds of America #1
Website: http://madwomanintheforest.com/

Book Summary:

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.

If you like historical fiction then Chains is likely right up your alley.  I thought this was a young adult novel but it was aimed at a younger audience.  It would be an appropriate middle grade read for grades 5-8, but was so well written it could easily appeal to teens and adults as well.

Chains is set at the start of the Revolutionary War.  I’m no history expert but this felt like it was an accurate account of what life was like at that time period.  My daughter has to read several historical fiction novels this year and I’m going to recommend she choose this as one of them.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Content: Clean

Source: Library