Friday, July 02, 2010


Chains: Seeds of America by Laurie Halse Anderson

In 1770s America, freedom is desired by many. Isabel and her younger sister Ruth were promised their freedom upon the death of their kind owner. When they are instead sold to a Loyalist couple from New York City, the Isabel tries to keep her sister safe while she also tries to figure out a way to gain their freedom. Meanwhile, New York City is in an upheaval and it changes hands between colonist and British rule, and Isabel is asked to spy on her new masters, which only makes life more difficult and confusing for Isabel.

A historical fiction novel for children, Isabel’s story is riveting. Her uncertain friendship with Curzon and her devotion to her sister are elements that enhance the tale.

Other Notes:

I met Laurie Halse Anderson at the YALSA Coffee Klatch in DC. She said that this is part of a three book series. The second book, which is due out in October, is narrated by Curzon. The title of it is Forge.

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