Serena and I are hosting a read-along of Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson in September for the War Through the Generations American Revolution Reading Challenge. You don’t have to be taking part in the challenge to join us for the read-along.
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.
From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual. (publisher’s summary)
Here’s the schedule:
Sept. 1-6: Chapters 1-10
Sept. 7-13: Chapters 11-24 (end Part 1)
Sept. 14-20: Chapters 25-36
Sept. 21-27: Chapters 37-45 (the end)
Discussion questions will be posted on War Through the Generations each Friday during the month, and you can answer them on your blog or in the comments…or pose your own questions or chat about whatever catches your fancy. It’s up to you!
If you’re interested in participating, please sign up in the comments on this post. We hope you’ll consider joining us!
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