As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for 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 the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel.
When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages 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 realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Scott O’Dell Award | Winner | Historical Fiction | 2009
National Book Award Finalist | Chains | 2009
Laurie also won the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Awards
Written by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, January 5, 2010.