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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Oct 28, 2011

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During the American Revolution a slave girl named Isabel tries to gain her freedom while caring for her younger sister. This thirteen-year-old and her five-year-old sister were promised freedom, but instead they were sold to a mean and cruel couple. So when Isabel is given a chance to gain freedom by spying on her masters, who are on the side of the British, she takes it. At first she is reluctant, but the cruelty of her life helps her to realize that she must fight for freedom and protect her sister at all cost.

I really liked the excerpts at the beginning of each chapter. They made the story more authentic and realistic. I have read about the American Revolution, but never through the first-hand account of a slave. Isabel’s non-bias view of each side showed their flaws and added the human quality to this historical event.

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