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Chains : seeds of America

by Anderson, Laurie Halse.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

Additional Details

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Community Reviews

Pretty Good

Chains is and excellent book that gives a good perspective of the beginning of the Revolutionary War. It also shows the hardship of slavery not during the Civil War. It may drag on somewhat, but Ifelt it was necessary for the book and still held my excitement. I recommend that young elementary students do not read it.


I like history and I like Laurie the author so it came as no surprise that I found this book very intriguing. If you like this author and you like to hear an interesting spin on history try this book out.


I love how this gave a new perspective on the Revolutionary War. Isabel will do anything to get to Freedom, whether it's helping the Patriot prisoners or helping the British Army. Can't wait to read the next book!

A New Perspective

The subject of slavery is not often discussed in conjunction with the Revolutionary War, but Chains dives in and looks at the hypocrisy of a nation fighting for freedom while relying on the enslavement of some individuals. The story follows Isabel, a young black girl who is desperately seeking her freedom. Anderson includes relevant historical details, strong writing, and a new perspective on an old topic. Once you start reading, the story flows and is incredibly engaging.

So so

Not great, not horrible.


The book was mildly interesting from a historical aspect. Otherwise, I found some flaws in the story, and a dragged out, boring plot line.


This story was interesting and educational, but I felt it dragged in places. It reminded me of Johnny Tremain, but with racial issues instead of apprenticeship issues. I was intrigued in the story, but found the telling a little trying.


Not only is it a great story and book but, from it you also learn a lot about history and the past. A book that you feel like you are there with the charactors.

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