Feature Book of the Week/Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

FEATURED BOOK OF THE WEEK

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight... for 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 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 unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

From 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.

AUTHOR BIO

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Laurie was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award 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 to watch the snow fall as she writes. (Author information from author's website The Mad Woman in the Forest)

Unfortunately, Laurie Halse Anderson, was too busy with her current book tour of Forge, the sequel to Chains, which was released last month, to participate in the Featured Book of the Week event.

1 Delicious Comments:

Janet said...

Reading this historical fiction novel helped one of our students on her recent history exam - she had a better understanding of "loyalists".

Thank you, Ms. Anderson, for such an interesting story. We enjoyed reading it.
Rockwood South Middle School

 
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