Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. Ages 10 up.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416905851
Branch Call Number: Y FICTION
Characteristics: 316 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 06, 2014
  • j3quinto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is really strong and has made me cry actually in some chapters. I recommend this. ^-^

May 02, 2014
  • ilovepiggy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Chains was a really good book! I liked the fact that it told the readers a lot about what was happening in the Revolutionary war and the different perspectives from different people including the main character Isabel, a slave who only wants to be freed. I definitely would recommend this book.

Feb 01, 2014
  • cmorrison81600 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing and very intense book. i recommend it for all historical fiction lovers. Make sure to read FORGE because CHAINS ends at a cliff-hanger!

Jun 09, 2013
  • bluedolphin0524 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When you read the topic, you find out that its historical fiction, and about slaves. that didnt sound very interesting to me, but i had to read it for book club. so i did and it turned out to be one of my all time favorite books!! i recomend this to anyone, especially when you have to read a historical fiction book, this is a book i would choose over many fiction books, and re-read it many times!! READ IT!

May 03, 2013
  • fiona44 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I had to read this for school, and did NOT like it!

Oct 01, 2012

This book was great! I loved it. It was so realistic for that time period. Like, you felt you were really there with Isabel. The book really illustrated in my mind what is was like back then and it made me really want the next book.

Aug 28, 2012
  • subbyrockstar rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a great book but there could have been a better ending.

Jul 03, 2012
  • kesha1123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After reading Fever, 1783 by Anderson I was excited to read another book done in the same fashion. The aforementioned title made me excited about historical fiction and my students thoroughly enjoyed the read as well. However, this was a difficult book to complete due to the dry plot. It seemed more focused on the enormous amount of research Anderson obviously completed to craft a historically sound fictional book. Despite the lackluster plot, the story is a noteworthy one that needs to be shared (just in a more plot-driven fashion). I found the debate among the slaves for refraining or joining the War a dynamic one that has great merit for either argument. When the characters have a dialogue about whether all men are created equal and have the right to pursue happiness, I valued how Anderson conquered the challenge slaves would have with wanted to believe they too could be included in that notion. When Isabel gets inspired to finally leave her cruel mistress, it's ironic that Thomas Paine's Common Sense motivated her to find her River Jordan since his intended audience was likely not slaves.

In a nutshell, Isabel is forced into slavery by a Loyalist family that doesn't even value the life of the elderly mother-in-law, after she and her younger sister have been promised their freedom by their former owners. Isabel suffers an identity crisis after being branded like cattle once she learns her owner has sold her 5-year-old sister. Amidst the height of the Revolutionary War, she often shifts her efforts between the Rebels and the Loyalists depending on which side suits her present needs. Again it is a worthwhile story, but I find it difficult to believe that a young reader under the age of 15 would read this book from cover to cover without heavy encouragement and assistance from a book club group or adult's guidance.

Jun 04, 2012
  • Violet_Giraffe_35 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very very good book!!!
worthwhile read. Viewpoints of the author can be a little deceived though. Otherwise it is very good and is full of the lives of many slaves in the past.

Jun 10, 2011
  • S_Mike rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I preread all novels that my daughter would like to read. That being said I truly find that this novel is a great find for young girls all over the world. As a mother you want the very best for your children and you hope that you can truly inspire them to become great adults. This book has helped me show my daughter that we are very blessed to be born free and that there is a whole lot of young girls in the world that do not and did not have the same opportunities that she does. I am very excited that she has become excited about this book and we are searching for the next part of the series.

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Jul 21, 2014
  • black_dove_60 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

black_dove_60 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Feb 01, 2014
  • cmorrison81600 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

cmorrison81600 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jun 21, 2013
  • number1kitten rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

number1kitten thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 12, 2012
  • Columasian rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Columasian thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 25

May 30, 2012

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Jun 30, 2014
  • bluedog91 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

she gets taken away from her family and put on sell and she gets sold to a white man and is always getting beat and she loses her bestfriend so she keeps wondering when it is going to end?

Jun 26, 2014
  • kahaan4242 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Isabel has to be a slave. She has to suffer when her sister is taken.
She escapes with a boy named curzon.

Feb 01, 2014
  • cmorrison81600 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book about a girl and her little sister as they battle through slavery a midst the happenings of the Revolutionary War. How can they ever reach freedom?


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Jul 06, 2014
  • j3quinto rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

" The best time to talk to ghosts is just before the sun comes up.That's when they can hear us true, Momma said.That's when ghosts can answer us.
The eastern sky was peach colored, but
a handful of lazy stars still blinked in the west. It was almost time. "

– Isabel Gardener


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