Ay through Wow this is a painful book in all the best ways I m wondering whether the story is going to manage to pull off some hope by the nd and if so how it s going to do so without cheating So far a powerful book and one that s hard to put downAfter finishing A disconcerting look at New York City during the Revolutionary War from the point of view of Isabel a black girl living there hearing talk of freedom and being reminded over and over again by both sides that the talk isn t about freedom for her I loved this book the vivid prose that made me feel like I really was in New York in 1776 And I was struck by not the people who were cruel to
though the cruelty was horrible but by the many people who were sympathetic to Isabel but Serafina and the Seven Stars either wouldn t or believed they couldn t do anything about it Because much as I d like to believe otherwise I fear that s where most of us would be maybeven are wincing at the injustice we see giving a smile and a few sympathetic words coming home and blogging about it to our friends who assure us it wasn t our fault and there was nothing we could really do and then pushing the uneasiness into the back of our minds and going on with our lives An uncomfortable thought that as it should be My discovery of Laurie Halse Anderson s Chains came at the best possible time I had recently read and reviewed Steve Sheinkin s King George What Was His Problem a book that looks at the stories behind the American Revolution that they don t teach you in school I Nighthawk (Conard County, enjoyed the title thoroughly but one point had me baffled Why onarth did American slaves fight or aid the Revolution when Britain was anti slavery It just didn t make any sense It reminded me of that blackIsabel Though The Cruelty Was
*character on the kids show Liberty s Kids and my husband asking So is he insane And up until now no *on the kids show Liberty s Kids and my husband asking So is he insane And up until now no written for kids fiction or informational has What She Saw (Conard County ever really addressed this uestion to my satisfaction Enter Laurie Halse Anderson As she says of the book A decade ago while researching Fever 1793 I came across facts that shocked me that Benjamin Franklin owned slaves that twenty percent of New York City in 1776 was held in bondage and that the Revolution was not fought for the freedom of all Americans The result of this shock is Chains a complex but kid friendly look at the Revolutionary War through theyes of a Loyalist s slave As Anderson says in her Author s Note at the Rivals Break (Sharpe Donovan end you really can t look at this through good guybad guy glasses So it is that yound up with a book that is nuanced historically accurate within an inch of its life and infinitely readable They were supposed to be free That was the promise that old Miss Mary Finch made to *Isabel and her little sister Ruth before she died She ven put it in writing though the man who wrote *and her little sister Ruth before she died She ven put it in writing though the man who wrote up for her departed before her death leaving no proof Now the sisters have been sold to the Lockton household and things look bad The Locktons are Loyalists living in New York City and soon Isabel finds that the island itself makes for an ideal prison from which Soft Focus escape is near impossible With the Revolutionary War beginning and England taking over the city Isabel is torn between aiding the Colonists or the Loyalists Both sides fail to take slaves into account using them as tools rather than people To find her own way Isabel must use her head and determine whom it is that she can trust and how to use what little power she has Each chapter begins with a uote from a real person or advertisement during this time period An Author s Note at thend provides additional details source notes for further reading and clarifications on tricky points I wanted to start off here with something along the lines of Well of course the writing is good but maybe that s not the given I think it is Maybe you haven t read a Laurie Halse Anderson book before Or maybe you did but it was a long time ago and somehow you ve managed to conflate her in your mind with fellow revolutionary author MT Anderson Maybe I shouldn t go about assuming that you are familiar then with her wordplay and wit then Take as one such Alien Chastity Belt example. Couple the Locktons who have no sympathy for the American Revolution andven less for Ruth and Isabel When Isabel meets Curzon a slave with ties to the Patriots he ncourages her to spy on her owners who know details of British plans for invasion She is reluctant at first but when the un.
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A moment when Isabel discovers that her mistress has done the unthinkable Anderson writes She did not look into my yes did not see the lion inside She did not see the me of me the Isabel I saw her I saw all the way down to her withered soul That s just a taste but you get the picture Anderson accomplishes the unenviable task of having to write someone in a helpless position who can somehow remain strong in spite of the odds On top of that she fills her tale with likeable and unlikeable characters together Yet Lawbreakers Suspense Stories every person here no matter how briefly they flit across the page has a story My husband is fond of saying of people that they only want what they want In other wordsveryone has their own number one prerogative in mind They re all looking out for number one What makes Isabel such a stunning protagonist and hero is that in spite of the odds and her trials she is able to look out for other people HIPPO IN THE GARDEN even in the midst of her own wants and needs Anderson also knows how to write a good villain Mrs Lockton is systematic in her abuse and perfectly created as well A two dimensional villain is something you see in children s booksvery day but Anderson is clever Spinal Trauma enough to give Madam a little depth than that She is herself abused by her husband and one chapter begins with an unsigned Colonial Era letter that reads Among all the species and degrees of slavery that havexcited the attention of mankind there is perhaps none pitiable than that of the ill sooted Wife It is not an xcuse for what she does to the people she owns but at least you understand her nastiness a little better Of course there are some portions in this book where Not A Lot Happens And You Find a lot happens and you find waiting for the next vent to take place For much of the story Isabel has to remain a kind of static character When she does take matters into her own hands while in the thrall of anger it can lead to problems So for a while she has to bide her time and you the reader are biding right alongside her This accounts for some of the sections in the center of the novel where we have to
*get a little overheard xposition to know what s going on in the state and the *a little overheard xposition to know what s going on in the state and the Fortunately the stakes are hoisted up beautifully after that and the storyline proceeds at a bracing clip That ach chapter begins with a real life uote makes for a beautiful dichotomy On the one hand you have the Continental Congress saying The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be Freemen or Slaves and on the other you have Isabel nearly dying on us all thanks to actual slavery These uotes become their own counter narrative Fiction is often limited by the fact that if you re writing in the first *PERSON YOU RE ONLY REALLY GETTING *you re only really getting point of view Unless a character avesdrops on others or in the case of this book is almost invisible to them they can t get alternative voices So when you MongoDB enter in uotes from the day from the Revolutionaries you remember all the other stories being told during this time in history Without them you wouldn t be able to place Isabel s dilemma and the dilemma of all the New York slaves of this time period in history Thus does Anderson giveveryone a voice without sacrificing that of her main character I ve heard the faint but unmistakable cry to Replace schools reading Johnny Tremain with Chains It s uiet at the moment but I Chastity expect the movement to gather momentum any day now Don t get me wrong I m fond of Johnny Tremain too didn t Bart Simpson want to rename it Johnny Deformed but I don t know that its historical accuracy and kid friendly interest level can really compete with Anderson s book Chains disproves the notion that a children s book written for the middle reader set can t have complexity and interesting characters Best of all it s a great read Sucks you in and doesn t spit you out until the verynd I look forward to the seuel as there is bound to be one and hope that this book gets into the hands of teachers verywhere as soon as possible If you read only one piece of historical fiction from 2008 read thisAges 10 and Thinkable happens to Ruth Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedomFrom 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. This book has sat on my shelf for literally a decade I ve never had the urge to pick it up but always had this nagging feeling that I should read it someday Now I m reading it and I m just not ngaged Am I a terrible personPersonally I just don t think I m a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson s writing I couldn t get through Speak Die Neurobiologie des Glücks either and Wintergirls was a two star read for meOh well I m glad it s finally off my to read shelf What a TREASUREWhat a JEWEL of a novel Amazinglyngrossing and movingly written I can t #Say Enough Good Things About This Book #enough good things about this book you are a parent an A Final Story: Science, Myth, and Beginnings educator a middle grade student ornjoy historical fiction reads this is one you don t want to miss out on It s the first of a trilogy and the intended audience is age 10 and up I have not read the next two novels in the series yet 1776 the year of our Independence Isabel and her young sister Ruth are sold as slaves to a couple from NY after the death of their former owner Taken from their safe surroundings of a good master s house Isabel bravely mothers and protects her little sister and vows to keep her out of harm s way New York City and its harbor are very busy This is the time when citizens are still divided in ither their loyalty to the King of England or the patriotism of a free nation Isabel notices a few strange things going on at and around the Lockton household Mrs Lockton or Madam does not like the girls and Mr Lockton keeps holding secret meetings Are they spies Are they ToriesIsabel is a brave and strong girl Thankfully she isn t all alone but secretly makes friends with *Curzon a servant boy at another house and has Mr Lockton s sister Lady Seymour who *a servant boy at another house and has Mr Lockton s sister Lady Seymour who not freeing them is looking out for them The girls ndure harsh work conditions and hateful treatments that are getting worse and worse You can t storm around here like a banshee Madam will beat you bloody Me too she said When I woke the barrel of a gun was stuck up underneath my chinMy toes dragged in the dirt They tried to pull my arms from my body p141The man pushed the hot metal against my cheek It hissed and bubbled Smoke curled under my nose p148But Isabel is a clever and courageous girl She works hard and becomes an important pawn in the cause What will she do with all the wisdom and information she gains Can she make changes for the betterment of their lives Besides the narrative I Abortion, Choice, and Contemporary Fiction enjoyed all the rich details presented of the markets and the people the atmospheric portrait of a divided city the meeting place at the well where slaves and servants stood in line for water and fellowship the parades the Continental and British Armies the boarding houses the Hessians the foods and smells as well as the hardships the Tories the secrets the prisonall masterfully crafted to create an immersive story and plot with very well researched details Nothing feels out of place and you are right there in the streets of NY in the hustle and bustle This one will definitely stay with me I read this as a read aloud and will have fond memories of it My audience of 13 year olds was captivated too with this living history read Listed are my status updates while reading as you can see I reallynjoyed it This book will be a powerful vehicle for young readers to understand and Lexikon der Medizin-Irrtümer emphasize with a person of color imported and sold a slave around the time of the Revolution A provocative and inspiring read I can tell already This would make for an amazing kids movie It has Tories loyalists and spiesalong with the scenery that transports you right into the busy hustle and bustle of 1776 New York Wonderfully written Love this book Isabel is such a strong and brave girl I love love love this book Such a great story Tories spies secret plotsthis book needs to be passed on and read by all kids Perfect mixture of history and fictionThis is such as atmospheric read for middle grade students Experience life at the time of the Declaration of Independence through this rich novel with some beautiful characters I think it a must read No boring textbook here to transport you into this time periodMust I say 35 Stars Halfw. If anntire nation could seek its freedom why not a girl As the Revolutionary War begins thirteen year old Isabel wages her own fightfor 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. .