Written by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Shortlisted for the CLIP Carnegie Medal 2010.
With a rare and compelling voice, this haunting novel tells not only the story of a remarkable girl and her incredible strength, but also of a time and place in which slavery was the order of the day and lives were valued like weights of meat or bundles of vegetables. Above all, it is a powerful novel as well as an incredible adventure about one girl's struggle for freedom in a society in which she is considered someone else's property. Chains is the first in a series of three to feature this defiant heroine, Isabel.
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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Isabel and her sister, Ruth, are slaves. Sold from one owner to the next, they arrive in New York as the Americans are fighting for their independence, and the English are struggling to maintain control. Soon Isabel is struggling too. Struggling to keep herself and her sister safe in a world in which they have no control. With a rare and compelling voice, this haunting novel tells not only the story of a remarkable girl and her incredible strength, but also of a time and place in which slavery was the order of the day and lives were valued like weights of meat or bundles of vegetables.
CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL SHORTLIST 2010: JUDGES’ COMMENTS
A thrilling and page-turning novel that is extremely believable and well-constructed, giving fresh insights into the subject of slavery. Isabel is an outstanding character and the power of her spirit and self-belief is beautifully conveyed.
'Isabel's captivating voice as she struggles to escape her owners in New York is painfully convincing you love her tenderness and courage as she experiences poverty, cruelty, powerlessness and kindness'
'Chains is one of the most moving and striking books I have read in a long time; finally some thoughtful stirring historical fiction for young adults ... Anyone reading this brilliant book will be left beguiled'
'Featuring superbly drawn characters, this extraordinarily powerful novel deftly weaves fact and fiction to create an experience that makes the reader feel they are living the story'
'This is outstanding - it's my novel of the season and I can't wait for the sequel'
About the Author
Laurie Halse Anderson
More books by Laurie Halse Anderson
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
4th January 2010
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