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Couple the Locktons who have no sympathy for 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 un. 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 universal acclaim while I found it rather ho hum Perhaps reading all the positive reviews of this book got my expectations up 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 us little information regarding Isabel s life before the Locktons so I can only guess that her previous owner spent an unusual amount of time educating her which seems 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 work under 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 unwise to give a homemade uilt to a starving runaway slave There I said it Now let me just get ready to duck the rotten tomatoes

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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. 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 freedom upon the death of their owner Mrs Finch Its even drawn up 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 until 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 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 the uestion 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 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 Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark known or remarked about it too was a colony with slaves By 1776 one out of five people was in bondage It raises the uestion 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 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

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If an entire 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. 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 larger undertaking 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 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


10 thoughts on “Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson

  1. says:

    oh i like lha much better when she is writing historical fiction than when she is writing her girls with proble

  2. says:

    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

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    That the uestion 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 fro

  4. says:

    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 t

  5. says:

    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 n

  6. says:

    35 Stars

  7. says:

    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 thing?Isabe

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    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 up I have not read the next two novels in the series yet 1776 the year of our Independence Isabel and her youn

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 engaged Am I a terrible person?Personally I just don't think I'm a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson's writing I couldn't get through Speak either and Winte

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