(Chains By Laurie Halse Anderson) PDF NEW Â Laurie Halse Anderson
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if so it s going to do so without cheating So far a powerful book and one so how it s to do so without cheating So far a powerful book and one that 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 freedom 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 either 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 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 If an entire 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 even 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 claim 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 encourages 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 ust begun Curzon suspects that Lockton has vital information that can help the patriots defeat the loyalists Isabel ust wants to take care of Ruth but then something happens that makes Isabel change her mind Heartbreaking and horrifying this resounding narrative was eye 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 overly 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 obs The motivation of the British in offering freedom for the slaves were twofold strengthen their army and weaken the American economy 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 This book has sat on my shelf for literally a decade I ve never had the urge to pick it up but always had this nagging feeling that I should read it someday Now I m reading it and I m பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் just not engaged Am I a terrible personPersonally Iust don t think I m a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson s writing I couldn t get through Speak either and Wintergirls was a two star read for meOh well I m glad it s finally off my to read shelf. ControlWith a rare and compelling voice this haunting novel tells not only the story of a remarkable girl and her incredible strength but also of a time and place in which slavery was the order of the day and lives were valued like weights of meat or bundles of vegetabl. ,
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That the uestion was not whether by a declaration of independence "we should make ourselves what we are not but whether we "should make ourselves what we are not but whether we declare a fact which already 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 my entire 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 "have always been abolitionists and carry the fervor of freedom for all enslaved people right on the surface of my heartSo when I learned that my daughter s 5th grade class was undertaking this middle grades historical fiction I became interested This story 35 Stars 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 My discovery of Laurie Halse Anderson s Chains came at the best possible time I had recently read and reviewed Steve Sheinki It s taken me forever to getting around to writing a review of this book I read it about six weeks ago I suppose this is because it s getting near universal acclaim while I found it rather ho hum Perhaps reading all the positive reviews of this book got my expectations up too highMy main complaint is that the protagonist Isabel doesn t come off as a believable 18th century character to me It s the same problem I had with Catherine Called Birdy a girl in that time and place may have had those thoughts but would she have said them To people who have power over her It also seems odd that Isabel can read so well she secretly pours through Robinson Crusoe and later stumbles through Common Sense which would I think reuire a lot of practice in the act of reading How likely is it that a slave girl raised in rural Rhode Island in the 1770s would have been given such an opportunit But Anderson gives us little information regarding Isabel s life before the Locktons so I can only guess that her previous owner spent an unusual amount of time educating her which seems unlikely especially since we are told that her former owner spent her last years in dottering senilityThis is The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 just one example of how strange a character Isabel seemed to me like a 21st century girl in costume than a believable person from her time and placeTo me being able to correctly portray notust the events and details of a historical period but its attitudes and ways of thinking is the most important aspect of historical fiction and probably the most difficult to portray It s often the gold standard by which I A Meditation on Murder judge historical fiction Want examples of this well done Check out Katherine Paterson s Lyddie in which the protagonist is forced to do backbreaking work under horrible conditions and when her superiors treat her poorly her reaction is to work all the harder to prove herself to them or Joan M Blos A Gathering of Days in which the protagonist concludes that it was unwise to give a homemade uilt to a starving runaway slave There I said it Now let meust get
ready to duck the rotten tomatoes What a TREASUREWhat a JEWEL of a novel Amazinglyto duck the rotten tomatoes What a TREASUREWhat a JEWEL of a novel Amazingly and movingly written I can t say enough good things about this book If you are a parent an educator a middle grade student or enjoy historical fiction reads this is one you don t want to miss out on It s the first of a trilogy and the intended audience is age 10 and up I have not read the next two novels in the series yet 1776 the year of our Independence Isabel and her young sister Ruth are sold as slaves to a couple from NY after the death of their former owner Taken from their safe surroundings of a good master s house Isabel bravely mothers and protects her little sister and vows to keep her out of harm s way New York City and its harbor are very busy This is the time when citizens are still divided in either their loyalty to the King of England or the patriotism of a free nation Isabel notices a few strange things going on at and around the Lockton household Mrs Lockton or Madam does not like the girls and Mr Lockton keeps holding secret meetings Are they spies Are they ToriesIsabel is a brave and strong girl Thankfully she isn t all alone but secretly makes friends with Curzon a servant boy at another house and has Mr Lockton s sister Lady Seymour who despite not freeing them is. Set in 1776 against the backdrop of the American struggle for independence this powerful novel is also an incredible adventure about one girl’s struggle for freedom in a society in which she is considered someone else’s propertyIsabel and her sister Ruth are slaves. Looking out for them The girls endure harsh
conditions and treatments that are getting worse and worse You can t storm around here like a banshee Madam will beatwork conditions and
you bloody Me too she said When I woke the barrel of a gun was stuckbloody Me too she said When I woke the barrel of a gun was stuck underneath my chinMy toes dragged in the dirt They tried to pull my arms from my body p141The man pushed the hot metal against my cheek It hissed and bubbled Smoke curled under my nose p148But Isabel is a clever and courageous girl She works "hard and becomes an important pawn in the " and becomes an important pawn in the What will she do with all the wisdom and information she gains Can she make changes for the betterment of their lives Besides the narrative I enjoyed all the rich details presented of the markets and the people the atmospheric portrait of a divided city the meeting place at the well where slaves and servants stood in line for water and fellowship the parades the Continental and British Armies the boarding houses the Hessians the foods and smells as well as the hardships the Tories the secrets the prisonall masterfully crafted to create an immersive story and plot with very well researched details Nothing feels out of place and you are right there in the streets of NY in the hustle and bustle This one will definitely stay with me I read this as a read aloud and will have fond memories of it My audience of 13 year olds was captivated too with this living history read Listed are my status updates while reading as you can see I really enjoyed it This book will be a powerful vehicle for young readers to understand and emphasize with a person of color imported and sold a slave around the time of the Revolution A provocative and inspiring read I can tell already This would make for an amazing kids movie It has Tories loyalists and spiesalong with the scenery that transports you right into the busy hustle and bustle of 1776 New York Wonderfully written Love this book Isabel is such a strong and brave girl I love love love this book Such a great story Tories spies secret plotsthis book needs to be passed on and read by all kids Perfect mixture of history and fictionThis is such as atmospheric read for middle grade students Experience life at the time of the Declaration of Independence through this rich novel with some beautiful characters I think it a must read No boring textbook here to transport you into this time periodMust I say 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 the end 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 when the 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 the experiences of one plucky girl having a little adventure with espionage and some incidental revolution going on all around her the situation seems a little whitewashed if you will excuse the word choice but it does seem pretty tidy and not as emotionally overwrought as the teen fiction i have been reading so far for this class yeah genius ust looked at the back of the book to find it says ages 10 and up so let s pretend i ust 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 extra 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 else except to note that the main character started out her enslavement in rhode island and then moved on to new york Travis just like someone else we all know and love or know at leastanorexia is totally a problem i amust 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 Halfway through Wow this is a painful book in all the best ways I m wondering whether the story is going to manage. Sold from one owner to the next they arrive in New York as the Americans are fighting for their independence and the English are struggling to maintain control Soon Isabel is struggling too Struggling to keep herself and her sister safe in a world in which they have no.