Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson


Isabel and her sister Ruth are slaves, sold from one owner to the next, they arrive in New York just as the Americans are fighting for their independence, and the English are struggling to stay in control. Soon Isabel too is struggling. Struggling to keep herself and her sister safe in a world in which they have no control. With a compelling voice, this haunting and powerful novel tells not only the story of a remarkable girl and her fortitude and strength but also tells 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 vegetables.


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A novel that deals with big social issues by looking at the lives of ordinary people. Like Celia Rees's Mary in Witch Child, Isabel is a girl who is simply doing the best she can to survive and in the process telling a story that will resonate with readers everywhere.

Shortlisted for Carnegie Medal 2010.

'Chains is one of the most moving and striking books I have read in a long time; finally some thoughtful stirring historical fiction for young adults Anyone reading this brilliant book will be left beguiled' Waterstones Books Quarterly 'Isabel's captivating voice as she struggles to escape her owners in New York is painfully convincing you love her tenderness and courage as she experiences poverty, cruelty, powerlessness and kindness' The Times

Laurie Halse Anderson lives in the USA and is the multi-award-winning author of many bestselling novels, including Speak and Fever 1793. Chains is the first in a series of three books to feature the defiant heroine, Isabel.

General Fields

  • : 9780747598657
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : October 2008
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Laurie Halse Anderson
  • : Paperback
  • : Export ed
  • : 320
  • : Fiction