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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

During times of war and strife many things are forgotten, like family, trust, and borders both tangible and moral. People can be forgotten too.

Isabella and her sister, Ruth are two of those people. First, fate robs them of their mother. Then their owner, and with her their promised freedom, dies. Things appear too horrid to get any worse but they can, and do. Isabella and Ruth are sold into the custody of the Locktons, a couple sympathetic to the Tories and subscribers to the idea that their slaves are property. Into Isabel's miserable life a ray of light shines when she meets Curzon, a boy whose head is filled with thoughts of revolution. Is this a fight for the freedom of a country or the freedom of a girl? Why not read Chains and witness Isabel's struggle for freedom?

Sabrina, age 12