Today’s Book Spotlight is on Chains by: Laurie Halse Anderson.
Thirteen year old Isabel and her five year old sister Ruth are slaves who have been promised their freedom once their Mistress, Miss Finch dies. Everything is set to go as planned when Miss Finch’s nephew shows up for her funeral and refuses to obey his aunt’s wishes. Instead of going free, Isabel and Ruth are sold to a cruel, rich family from New York who don’t care at all for their well being.
Isabel immediately sets to planning away for them to escape, but then the Revolutionary War breaks out. The family she serves is loyal to the British crown while everyone else in the city sides with the rebels and Isabel finds herself in the awkward position of having to choose between her own personal freedom and the freedom of a nation who views her as property.
It isn’t an easy choice in the slightest. Some slaves are constantly telling her that she can gain her freedom by joining with the British while others still are telling her freedom lies with the rebel cause. But Isabel has experienced pain and betrayal from both sides. The only thing she knows for sure that she can trust is herself. But that isn’t enough to gain her freedom. She must choose carefully and wisely so that she can one day stand a chance of breaking out of the bonds of servitude.
This is a well-researched historical fiction novel from award-winning writer Laurie Halse Anderson and also the first book in the Seeds of America Series. It tells the story of the Revolutionary War that you learned in history class, but from a completely different, fresh perspective. If you like stories about spies, soldiers, and conflicted characters, you’ll definitely want to check this one out. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.