Chains : Seeds of America

  • by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Narrated by Madison Leigh
  • Series: Seeds of America
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Freedom. In 1776 New England, that word is on everyone's lips. But for 13-year-old Isabel, the word holds a different meaning, especially after the only mistress she has ever known dies, and instead of receiving the freedom promised, she and her younger sister, Ruth, are sold to the Locktons, a wealthy New York family. In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave bucolic Rhode Island for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community intensely divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for independence. As Isabel tries to work out her own freedom, she soon finds herself a pawn in a game of cat-and mouse between the Locktons, who are fierce supporters of the king, and the growing rebel forces trying to take over the city.Alliances are made and promises are broken, and Isabel learns the hard way that the "freedom" she's being asked to spy for does not extend to her. And when her beloved Ruth is sold off, she begins to discover that the only freedom she'll ever have is the freedom she takes for herself. Laure Halse Anderson delivers in this utterly compelling novel, which transcends (and will ultimately redefine) the category of historical fiction. Equal parts political thriller and coming-of-age story, this impeccably researched yet completely accessible story of a young woman's quest for freedom brings the American Revolution to life in all its grand and conflicted glory.

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Historical Fiction for All Ages

What wonderful historical fiction! I know this book was intended for young people, but as my 12 year old read this for a history supplement, I quickly realized it is for all ages. I enjoyed it, and my son, who is not a huge fan of reading, also liked it. The story reveals so much about what life was like, from a slave's point of view, in colonial America without being overly graphic. The story line was interesting and educational. I am convinced my son has a better understanding of what life was like for a slave, and what life was like during this time period as a whole because of this book. I recommend it to people of all ages. The narrator adds so much to the story and truly brings the characters to life.
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- EmilyA

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I was not aware that this was a book intended more for young people. It is the story of Isabelle who is a slave and the (un)realistic ways in which she aids the rebels in the Revolutionary War. There is a small amount of physical violence, but nothing that would haunt a young listener. The problem I had with the book was the narrator. She reads the book as one would read it to a child. Her inflections are the same kind we parents used to keep our children engaged in a story. At times when she reads happy or humorous parts of the book, you can hear the smile in her voice. When I listen to a book, I want the narrator to take me in and then disappear. This narrator is always present in the book and I was keenly aware someone was reading me a story.

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- Irishconfusion

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio