Chains

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 Synopsis

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.

Chains Press Reviews

'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'
The Times

'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'
Waterstones Books Quarterly

'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'
The Bookseller

'This is outstanding - it's my novel of the season and I can't wait for the sequel'
The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780747598060
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780747598077
Publication date: 19/01/2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747598060
Publication date: 4th January 2010
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson has been published to huge critical acclaim in the United States. Known for tackling tough subjects with humour and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains was also shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. In 2009 Laurie was honoured with the Margaret A. Edwards Awards, given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature”. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York where she likes ...

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