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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: October 2008 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Etta Mcquade | 1/19/2014

    " Several things I like about this book. It's a good story that keeps one interested, even though it is searing in places. Secondly, I liked the quotes from journals, letters, messages to troups, etc., that are given at the beginning of each chapter. (I don't know if young people would pay attention to them, however.) Third, I appreciated the author's research and the things I learned about New York and slavery. I had no idea, for instance, that 5,000 African-Americans, most all of whom where slaves, lived in New York in the middle 1770s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Roy | 1/16/2014

    " The font of this book made me not want to read it, but once I started it, I could barely put it down. Told from the perspective of an enslaved girl during the American Revolution, this book raises a lot of questions about the founding of our nation and who the Founding Fathers wanted freedom for. I will definitely recommend this to my students in the fall, and I plan to read the sequel when I have the chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Bruce | 1/14/2014

    " I would highly recommend this book, as well as the other books in the series. It was wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 12/17/2013

    " A most remarkable story of events of the Revolutionary War through the point of view of Isabel, a slave in New York City. Anyone who says that history is dull or dry MUST read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Cottrell | 12/3/2013

    " At first I wasn't sure about this book, but the more I read the more I liked it. The amount of historical research Anderson did was amazing. Without it the story would have been flat and unbelieveable. I'm looking forward to reading the second book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 genevieve | 10/25/2013

    " great historical fiction for YAs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tia | 8/31/2013

    " This book really takes you through the days of slavery. The longing for a better life, and everything that goes through a slave's mind. Though sad, a definite must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita Kay | 7/30/2013

    " Would love my granddaughters to read this book. Well written and researched historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Quist | 11/23/2012

    " I really enjoyed this. It was an interesting take on the American Revolution, all told from the perspective of a slave girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Fischer Fischer | 11/10/2012

    " Absolutely one of my favorite books of the year. Reads a lot like The Help by Katherine Stockett. I'm on the second book now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 June Guymon | 10/4/2011

    " A compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual. I think it would be a great read aloud for all fifth grades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 8/4/2011

    " I really liked the narrator's voice in this book about slavery. She is really heroic to survive what she goes through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/19/2011

    " This entertaining and well-written historical fiction takes place during the Revolutionary War as witnessed by a young slave girl in New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 5/18/2011

    " Laurie's depiction of slavery, including unfairness and betrayal on so many levels, woven within a story of impecable his histoical detail, is a great read that left me longing for "Forge," which, thankfully, came out while I was wrapping up this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowan | 5/16/2011

    " I loved this book! Utterly awesome writing, with a great background story and lots of real facts! I liked the ending and am anticipating the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/11/2011

    " Loved this book. I love historical fiction anyways, but this one had a great story to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 5/11/2011

    " Very good, although heartbreaking, glimpse into the life of a young female slave during the Revolutionary War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 5/11/2011

    " Absolutely one of my favorite books of the year. Reads a lot like The Help by Katherine Stockett. I'm on the second book now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanett | 5/8/2011

    " Reading for a YA Lit class. It's very hard for me to read so far. But this time period is always difficult for me.

    Very satisfying. Definitely moving on to the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/4/2011

    " A gripping, fascinating read. This is a side of the revolutionary war that you don't hear about. Can't wait to get the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/4/2011

    " One of the most beautifully-written YA books I've come across in years. It's not fantasy, and I don't normally read all that much straight historical fiction ... but it was so good that it put Laurie Halse Anderson on my instant "I need to read everything by this writer" list. "

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About the Author
Author Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author, 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. She 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 her training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard.