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Chains Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Narrator: Madison Leigh Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Kristin Sherman | 2/11/2014

    " Good story. A bit heavy and wordy for a kids book though. Still going to read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Judith Weaver | 2/9/2014

    " Doubt the topic will allow this book to be in final list, but what a good read. Thought provoking book, well written, engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Janet | 2/7/2014

    " A very well-done Young Adult book about two sisters who were supposed to have been freed by their deceased master, but instead are sold to a cruel family in New York at the time of the Revolutionary War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Lori | 1/22/2014

    " Really well written. Multi-faceted characters and believable dialogue. I would not recommend this juvenile literature for a young reader. It is harsh enough that I would save it for 7th grade and up. In fact, if I taught 7th grade English, I'd probably choose it for a unit. It is truly worthwhile reading. "

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About the Author
Author Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal shortlist in the United Kingdom. Laurie lives in northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus their menagerie of critters, enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find Laurie training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard.