(Pdf Kindle) Chains AUTHOR Laurie Halse Anderson by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book has sat on my
for literally a decade I ve never had the urge to pick it up but had this nagging feeling that I should read it someday Now I m reading it and I m just not ngaged Am I a terrible personPersonally I just don t think I m a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson s writing I couldn t get through Speak Uncommon Wisdom either and Wintergirls was a two star read for meOh well I m glad it s finally off my to read shelf If anntire nation could seek its freedom why not a girl And if a girl was to seek her freedom how could she do such a foolheaded thingIsabel and her little sister Ruth are promised their freedom upon the death of their owner Mrs Finch Its ven drawn up on paper by a lawyer but when the heir of Mrs Finch decides to sell the girls "INSTEAD WITHOUT SO MUCH AS TRYING TO CONSIDER THEIR "without so much as trying to consider their their lives take a dramatic turn Sold to the Locktons a crown loyal couple the girls are moved to New York As Ruth has some issues its Isabel that does most of the heavy work When she meets Curzon the slave boy of a patriot household he ncourages her to spy on her masters At first Isabel is reluctant but when Madam Lockton does the inconceivable to Ruth she decides to act Isabel wants the freedom she was promised and she will not stop until she gets itIts been a while since I read a Laurie Halse Anderson book I read Speak a few years back so her writting style was somewhat familiar to me In Chains Anderson tells the story of thirteen year old Isabel Having been born into slavery she and her sister fortunately had an owner that decided to free them upon her death The nephew though had other ideas Instead of freedom they were sold to a heartless couple with strong loyalists ties The American Revolution has just begun Curzon suspects that Lockton has vital information that can help the patriots defeat the loyalists Isabel just wants to take care of Ruth but then something happens that makes Isabel change her mind Heartbreaking and horrifying this resounding narrative was ye opening Isabel has no allegiance she is willing to aid whomever will grant freedom As the fighting progresses so does Isabel s determination Aimed at a younger audience the descriptions of daily Life For Isabel Were Not for Isabel were not graphic but still hard to swallow While slavery and the fight for freedom are the main theme of the novel its Isabel s resileance that stands out Will be seeking the next in the series for sureThe historical background also plays a strong role in the narrative Most books I have read about slavery are set in the South New York is the primary setting and before the revolution it was a stronghold for the British and while its not as known or remarked about it too was a colony with slaves By 1776 one out of five people was in bondage It raises the uestion of how could a nation be fighting a war for freedom and liberty when they held slaves at home Its a fine line between irony and hypocrisy The loyalists sided with the crown while the patriots with freedom Slaves were pawns Promised freedom by the British thousands of slaves fled to the loyalist side but most did menial jobs The motivation of the British in offering freedom for the slaves were twofold strengthen their army and weaken the American conomy but it was not done from a moral place The good vs bad story here is uite complex as neither faction is blameless This was an angle of the American Revolution I had not really thought about and I am glad Anderson shone a spotlight on it Halfway through Wow this is a painful book in all the best ways I m wondering whether the story is going to manage to pull off some hope by the nd and if so how it s going to do so without cheating So far a powerful book and one that s hard to put downAfter finishing A disconcerting look at New York City during the Revolutionary War from the point of view of Isabel a black girl living there hearing talk of freedom and being reminded over and over again by both sides that the talk isn t about. As the Revolutionary War begins thirteen year old Isabel wages her own fightfor freedom Promised freedom upon the death of their owner she and her sister Ruth in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple the Locktons who have no sympathy for.
shelf for literally a decade I ve never had the urge to pick it up but
Laurie Halse Anderson ✓ 9 Free readFreedom for her I loved this book the vivid prose that made me feel like I really was in New York in 1776 And I was struck by not the people who were cruel to Isabel though the cruelty was pretty horrible but by the many people who were sympathetic to Isabel but ither wouldn t or believed they couldn t do anything about it Because much as I d like to believe otherwise I fear that s where most of us would be maybe Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard even are wincing at the injustice we see giving a smile and a few sympathetic words coming home and blogging about it to our friends who assure us it wasn t our fault and there was nothing we could really do and then pushing the uneasiness into the back of our minds and going on with our lives An uncomfortable thought that as it should be oh i like lha much better when she is writing historical fiction than when she is writing her girls with problems books not that this girl doesn t have problems she is a slave which trumps anorexia as far as problems go but overall isabel is a winsome character than les autres one that you actually would like to see successful at thend of it allhowever since this is the FIRST book of some larger undertaking which they do NOT tell you on the cover thanks no one knows larger undertaking which they do NOT tell you on the cover thanks no one knows the The Matriarchs (The Family end of it all is this book would be appropriate for younger readers i think it seems less focused on the atrocities of slavery and reduced to thexperiences of one plucky girl having a little adventure with Notes for the Everlost espionage and some incidental revolution going on all around her the situation seems a little whitewashed if you willxcuse the word choice but
IT DOES SEEM PRETTY TIDY ANDdoes seem pretty tidy and as motionally overwrought as the teen fiction i have been reading so far for this class yeah genius just looked at the back of the book to find it says ages 10 and up so let s pretend i just had an original idea and move along it is very much like one day in the life of ivan denisovich in this way you know there are terrible things happening to other people in this situation but overall considering the circumstances ivan had a pretty good day little xtra food little light labor not as bad as it could have been still shitty you are still imprisoned and cold you are still a slave to an awful woman but at least there were some who showed kindnessesi got nothing No Biggy! elsexcept to note that the main character started out her Crush It! enslavement in rhode island and then moved on to new york just like someonelse we all know and love or know at leastanorexia is totally a problem i am just talking scale here it is then way people in third world situations view anorexia as a luxury disease because at least you have food to deny yourself in this case slaves are denied personhood which must have a profound psychological toll it is an outside force saying you are nothing rather than an internal struggle am i making it worse i might be i mean no disrespect Laurie Halse Anderson always writes well My heart was in my mouth all the way Sal is wonderful and feisty trying to find a way out of a situation that appears to have no way out My only objection is that there s a seuel and I don t have it 35 Stars That the uestion was not whether by a declaration of independence we should make ourselves what we are not but whether we should declare a fact which already Attracting Birds to Your Backyard exists Thomas JeffersonThe author of Chains Laurie Halse Anderson is descended from many soldiers who fought in the American Revolution So am I I am literally a Daughter of the American RevolutionYet I know so little about itI have the basic facts and dates down but it s the Civil War that has always been my war I ve not only been nutty for Abraham Lincoln myntire life I have always been cheered on by any story from that War that highlights the dissolution of slavery My people have always been abolitionists and I carry the fervor of freedom for all nslaved people right on the surface of my heartSo when I learned that my daughter s 5th grade class was undertaking this middle grades hi. The American Revolution and ven less for Ruth and Isabel When Isabel meets Curzon a slave with ties to the Patriots he ncourages her to spy on her owners who know details of British plans for invasion She is reluctant at first but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth Isabel