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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Jul 04, 2011

it was amazing
Read from May 08 to July 04, 2011

Following the tale of Isabel, a teenage slave who nearly tasted freedom before her new master refused to honor the wishes of the previous one, Chains is set in New York City at the beginning of the American Revolution. Sold into a new family, Isabel must try to keep her sister safe while she plots a way to obtain their freedom. The mixture of historical events and personal story are well done in this tale. Those unfamiliar with the true events will have their curiosity peaked. Those who are sensitive to stories set during this difficult the subject matter. Isabel is a fully realized character who you care about instantly. There are many suspenseful moments as she spies for the rebel army and tries to help friends like Curzon. Reader's will admire Isabel's courage and strength in the face of so many challenges and have a renewed respect for the struggle for freedom during the revolution and the role African Americans played in obtaining it.

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