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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Sep 10, 09

bookshelves: kidsfiction
Read in September, 2009

I really liked this book, but I could NOT get my boys to want to finish it as a bedtime read aloud. Since I've been trying to push it since April, I finally decided to close it.

It's a great story of what freedom means. A slave girl in Revolutionary Era New England is tied up in several worlds: espionage and the dream of freedom, the horror of losing everyone dear to her through death and slavery, and the oppressive weight of working for people who support the King and really like the idea of slavery and the power of it.

I think it would be a great supplement in studying American history for the 5th-8th grader.
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Karen Chandler I agree with your comments about the book's merits. It was the first book by Anderson I had read, and it made me interested in her other books--both the historical fiction and the more contemporary problem fiction.

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