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Story read Listed are my status pdates while reading as you can see I really enjoyed it This book will be a powerful vehicle for young readers to Mirror Image (SWAT: Top Cops understand and 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 oh i like lha much better when she is writing historical fiction than when she is writing her girls with problems books not that this girl doesn t have problems she is a slave which trumps anorexia as far as problems go but overall isabel is a winsome character than les autres one that you actually would like to see successful at the end of it allhowever since this is the FIRST book of some largerndertaking which they do NOT tell you on the cover thanks no one knows when the end of it all is this book would be appropriate for younger readers i think it seems less focused on the atrocities of slavery and reduced to the experiences of one plucky girl having a little adventure with espionage and some incidental revolution going on all around her the situation seems a little whitewashed if you will excuse the word choice but it does seem pretty tidy and not as emotionally overwrought as the teen fiction i have been reading so far for this class yeah genius just looked at the back of the book to find it says ages 10 and How to Write Erotica up so let s pretend i just had an original idea and move along it is very much like one day in the life of ivan denisovich in this way you know there are terrible things happening to other people in this situation but overall considering the circumstances ivan had a pretty good day little extra food little light labor not as bad as it could have been still shitty you are still imprisoned and cold you are still a slave to an awful woman but at least there were some who showed kindnessesi got nothing else except to note that the main character started out her enslavement in rhode island and then moved on to new york just like someone else we all know and love or know at leastanorexia is totally a problem i am just talking scale here it is then way people in third world situations view anorexia as a luxury disease because at least you have food to deny yourself in this case slaves are denied personhood which must have a profound psychological toll it is an outside force saying you are nothing rather than an internal struggle am i making it worse i might be i mean no disrespect Halfway 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 end and if so how it s going to do so without cheating So far a powerful book and one that s hard to put downAft If an entire nation could seek its freedom why not a girl And if a girl was to seek her freedom how could she do such a foolheaded thingIsabel and her little sister Ruth are promised their freedompon the death of their owner Mrs Finch Its even drawn p on paper by a lawyer but when the heir of Mrs Finch decides to sell the girls instead without so much as trying to consider their claim their lives take a dramatic turn Sold to the Locktons a crown loyal couple the girls are moved to New York As Ruth has some issues its Isabel that does most of the heavy work When she meets Curzon the slave boy of a patriot household he encourages her to spy on her masters At first Isabel is reluctant but when Madam Lockton does the inconceivable to Ruth she decides to act Isabel wants the freedom she was promised and she will not stop ntil she gets itIts been a while since I read a Laurie Halse Anderson book I read Speak a few years back so her writting style was somewhat familiar to me In Chains Anderson tells the story of thirteen year old Isabel Having been born into slavery she and her sister fortunately had an owner that decided to free them Soldiers Pregnancy Protocol upon her death The nephew though had other ideas Instead of freedom they were sold to a heartless couple with strong loyalists ties The American Revolution has just begun Curzon suspects that Lockton has vital information that can help the patriots defeat the loyalists Isabel just wants to take care of Ruth but then something happens that makes Isabel change her mind Heartbreaking and horrifying this resounding narrative was eye opening Isabel has no allegiance she is willing to aid whomever will grant freedom As the fighting progresses so does Isabel s determination Aimed at a younger audience the descriptions of daily life for Isabel were not overly graphic but still hard to swallow While slavery and the fight for freedom are the main theme of the novel its Isabel s resileance that stands out Will be seeking the next in the series for sureThe historical background also plays a strong role in the narrative Most books I have read about slavery are set in the South New York is the primary setting and before the revolution it was a stronghold for the British and while its not as known or remarked about it too was a colony with slaves By 1776 one out of five people was in bondage It raises theestion of how could a nation be fighting a war for freedom and liberty when they held slaves at home Its a fine line between irony and hypocrisy The loyalists sided with the crown while the patriots with freedom Slaves were pawns Promised freedom by the British thousands of slaves fled to the loyalist side but most did menial jobs The motivation of the British in offering freedom for the slaves were twofold strengthen their army and weaken the American economy but it was not done from a moral place The good vs bad story here is Behind the Throne (Morgan Crowe Trilogy, uite complex as neither faction is blameless This was an angle of the American Revolution I had not really thought about and I am glad Anderson shone a spotlight on it This book has sat on my shelf for literally a decade I ve never had therge to pick it p but always had this nagging feeling that I should read it someday Now I m reading it and I m just not engaged 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 either and Wintergirls was a two star read for meOh well I m glad it s finally off my to read shelf. Ealizes 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 spiritual7 Compact Discs 8 hour.
Accounts for some of the sections in the center of the novel where we have to get a little overheard exposition to know what s going on in the state and the country Fortunately the stakes are hoisted p beautifully after that and the storyline proceeds at a bracing clip That each chapter begins with a real life Captivated by the Millionaire 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 ons all thanks to actual slavery These otes 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 one point of view Unless a character eavesdrops on others or in the case of this book is almost invisible to them they can t get alternative voices So when you enter in otes 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 give everyone a voice without sacrificing that of her main character I ve heard the faint but My Mother, a Serial Killer unmistakable cry to Replace schools reading Johnny Tremain with Chains It siet at the moment but I 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 The Italians Stolen Bride until the very end I look forward to the seuel as there is bound to be one and hope that this book gets into the hands of teachers everywhere as soon as possible If you read only one piece of historical fiction from 2008 read thisAges 10 andp It s taken me forever to getting around to writing a review of this book I read it about six weeks ago I suppose this is because it s getting near The Greek Tycoons Mistress universal acclaim while I found it rather ho hum Perhaps reading all the positive reviews of this book got my expectationsp too highMy main complaint is that the protagonist Isabel doesn t come off as a believable 18th century character to me It s the same problem I had with Catherine Called Birdy a girl in that time and place may have had those thoughts but would she have said them To people who have power over her It also seems odd that Isabel can read so well she secretly pours through Robinson Crusoe and later stumbles through Common Sense which would I think reuire a lot of practice in the act of reading How likely is it that a slave girl raised in rural Rhode Island in the 1770s would have been given such an opportunit But Anderson gives Tikki Tikki Tembo us little information regarding Isabel s life before the Locktons so I can only guess that her previous owner spent annusual amount of time educating her which seems Bidding on Her Boss (The Hawke Brothers, unlikely especially since we are told that her former owner spent her last years in dottering senilityThis is just one example of how strange a character Isabel seemed to me like a 21st century girl in costume than a believable person from her time and placeTo me being able to correctly portray not just the events and details of a historical period but its attitudes and ways of thinking is the most important aspect of historical fiction and probably the most difficult to portray It s often the gold standard by which I judge historical fiction Want examples of this well done Check out Katherine Paterson s Lyddie in which the protagonist is forced to do backbreaking worknder horrible conditions and when her superiors treat her poorly her reaction is to work all the harder to prove herself to them or Joan M Blos A Gathering of Days in which the protagonist concludes that it was Hoofd in de wolken (Puffin Island unwise to give a homemadeilt to a starving runaway slave There I said it Now let me just get ready to duck the rotten tomatoes What a TREASUREWhat a JEWEL of a novel Amazingly engrossing and movingly written I can t say enough good things about this book If you are a parent an educator a middle grade student or enjoy 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 p 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 either 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 despite not freeing them is looking out for them The girls endure 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 p His Convenient Highland Wedding 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 curlednder 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 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 hi. The American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel When Isabel meets Curzon a slave with ties to the Patriots he encourages her to spy on her owners who know details of British plans for invasion She is reluctant at first but when the nthinkable happens to Ruth Isabel
That the estion was not whether by a declaration of independence we should make ourselves what we are not but whether we should declare a fact which already exists Thomas JeffersonThe author of Chains Laurie Halse Anderson is descended from many soldiers who fought in the American Revolution So am I I am literally a Daughter of the American RevolutionYet I know so little about itI have the basic facts and dates down but it s the Civil War that has always been my war I ve not only been nutty for Abraham Lincoln my entire life I have always been cheered on by any story from that War that highlights the dissolution of slavery My people have always been abolitionists and I carry the fervor of freedom for all enslaved people right on the surface of my heartSo when I learned that my daughter s 5th grade class was False Family undertaking this middle grades historical fiction I became interested This story combines one slave s story within the bigger battle between the Patriots and the Loyalists starting just a month before the new Americans officially declare their IndependenceMs Anderson doesite a brilliant job here of giving readers the opportunity to connect with Isabel the young slave and main protagonist to personalize a character in chains with a nation in chainsAlso the author creates a clever juxtaposition that provides much critical thinking why would a slave care to take a side in the emancipation of a people that does not include her own personal freedomThis read inspired many meaningful conversations between my daughter and me and we will definitely be continuing Isabel s journey with her in what has now become a trilogy Neither of Regency Improprieties us can resist her pursuit of freedom Everything that stands between you and freedom is the river Jordan 35 Stars Laurie Halse Anderson always writes well My heart was in my mouth all the way Sal is wonderful and feisty trying to find a way out of a situation that appears to have no way out My only objection is that there s a seuel and I don t have it 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 enjoyed the title thoroughly but one point had me baffled Why on earth 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 black character on the kids show Liberty s Kids and my husband asking So is he insane Andp Cinderella Bride until now no book written for kids fiction or informational has ever really addressed thisestion 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 the eyes of a Loyalist s slave As Anderson says in her Author s Note at the end you really can t look at this through good guybad guy glasses So it is that you end p 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 even put it in writing though the man who wrote it p 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 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 Mistletoe Hero (4 Seasons in Mistletoe using them as tools rather than people To find her own way Isabel mustse her head and determine whom it is that she can trust and how to Mr. Strictly Business use what little power she has Each chapter begins with aote from a real person or advertisement during this time period An Author s Note at the end 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 example a moment when Isabel discovers that her mistress has done the The Potato Chip Puzzles (The Puzzling World of Winston Breen unthinkable Anderson writes She did not look into my eyes 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 thenenviable 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 Master of Her Virtue unlikeable characters together Yet 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 words everyone 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 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 books every day but Anderson is clever enough to give Madam a little depth than that She is herself abused by her husband and one chapter begins with annsigned Colonial Era letter that reads Among all the species and degrees of slavery that have excited the attention of mankind there is perhaps none pitiable than that of the ill sooted Wife It is not an excuse for what she does to the people she owns but at least you Sex By The Numbers (Harlequin Blaze, understand her nastiness a little better Of course there are some portions in this book where not a lot happens and you find yourself waiting for the next event 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. As the Revolutionary War begins thirteen year old Isabel wages her own fightfor freedom Promised freedompon 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 couple the Locktons who have no sympathy for.
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bio stuff Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers teens and adults Combined her books have sold than 8 million copies Her new book SHOUT a memoir in verse about surviving sexual assault at the age of thirteen and a manifesta for the #MeToo era has received widespread critical acclaim and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for seven consecutive weeksLaurie has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times Two of her books Speak and Chains were National Book Award finalists and Chains was short listed for the prestigious Carnegie medal Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English In addition to combating censorship Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council She lives in Philadelphia where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes Find out about Laurie by following her on Twitter at halseanderson Instagram at halseanderson and Facebook at lauriehalseanderson or by visiting her website madwomanintheforestcom