“Dotty F said: 4 stars
'Chains' follows the story of a young girl who has been thrust into the cruel world of slavery in New York during the late 1700s. The reader watches her suffer, and survive, only to repeat the cycle several times over, under the ownership of 'Madam'.
Civil War provides a fascinating backdrop for the novel, and is gradually incorporated into the plot, creating a tense and exciting atmosphere for the reader each time we delve into the pages of this terrific novel.
Based on facts gleaned from letters, essays and newspaper articles written during the time, Laurie Halse Anderson has portrayed a most wonderfully entertaining novel that I encourage everyone to read.
Cora R said: 4 stars
Chains is the story of a young slave during the Revolutionary War. When Isabel's owner dies, she is claimed by her only heir who conveniently did not find the will that gave Isabel and her little sister freedom. The sisters are sold to aristocratic Tories that take her to New York City, which is being fought over by rebels and loyalists. While the white residents around her fight a war over ideals such as freedom and liberty, it soon becomes clear to Isabel that slaves such as herself will not be helped by either side. This was a wonderful young adult novel that shows the reader what it was like to be a slave in a northern city and what it was like in the colonies during the revolution. I loved Isabel's character. She was a strong young girl who was in an impossible situation. I am looking forward to continuing her story in the sequel and I hope that I can convince my son to try reading this book (even though it is about a girl).”