Chains

Chains

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By (author) Laurie Halse Anderson

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 4 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747598061
  • ISBN 13: 9780747598060
  • Sales rank: 123,183

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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.

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Laurie Halse Anderson lives in the USA and is the multi-award-winning author of many bestselling novels, including Speak and Fever 1793. Chains is the first in a series of three books to feature the defiant heroine, Isabel, and has been shortlisted for the 2010 Carnegie Award.

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'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 ... 'Outstanding ... [the] novel of the season' The Bookseller 'Totally gripping as a thrilling page-turner infused with humanity, it is constantly surprising and compulsively plotted' School Librarian