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Chains
Chains | Laurie Halse Anderson
If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? 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.
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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson is a historical fiction novel that was published in 2008 and is a Scott O‘Dell Award Book winner. It is about a 13-year-old Isabel who is an African American slave trying to fight for her and her sisters freedom during the American Revolutionary War. I think this could be a good novel for higher grades.

SaraLHartman This is def for higher grades. 2mo
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My second book read for #BattleOfTheBooks This was much better than the last one, City of Orphans, but this one wasn‘t much more than okay either. I feel like it started off strong and then just gradually died down. The middle felt quite dry and the end was just so abrupt. I will still be reading the next one though. 4⭐️

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1. Trade pajamas at my aunt‘s house, and going over to my grandparents‘ on Christmas.

2. Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and that‘s really it!

3. A Santa Hat and Chicken Fettuccine

Thanks for the tag, @Brooke_H !

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Zoe-h
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Trying to get some reading done tonight, but Phil says no.

#CatsOfLitsy +1 #MistletoeManiacs

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#BookReport #weeklyforecast
@Cinfhen #OverbookedClub
4🌟 for each of the books I read last week.

Cinfhen Woohoo!! That‘s a great reading week!! I haven‘t had a Four star week in awhile 2y
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hdhubbard
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10/10 must read

Not an easy story to read, but absolutely worth it. Looking forward to reading other works by this author.

megnews This is the first in a trilogy. All good but this first one was amazing to me. I also loved her Fever 1793. 2y
hdhubbard @megnews I've got the other two on order, looking forward to them arriving! 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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I appreciate that this novel offers a nuanced view of the Patriots and Loyalists of the American Revolution, and the author does a good job showing the lack of agency Isabel has as an enslaved young woman, but the novel doesn't completely work for me. The voice of the narrator is inconsistent, and the characters often act in ways that don't make sense to me. Despite the cliffhanger, I'm not inclined to read the next in the series.

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ImperfectCJ
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"The best time to talk to ghosts is just before the sun comes up."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

CaffeineAndCandy I thought it was 3 am 2y
ImperfectCJ @ABooksyGirl Ha! Well, 3am is definitely the time when I'm haunted by mistakes I made when I was 17 or stupid things I said when I was 23. 2y
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msgamble27
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This book was a great look at historical fiction during the Revolutionary War. The POV is from a 13 year old, slave with a great story to tell. Ready to finish the sequel, Forge!

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ValerieAndBooks
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Book Outlet order just arrived. I wanted another perspective to add to my childhood copy of Johnny Tremain. I know the author of this trilogy isn‘t African American though.

megnews Chains absolutely amazing! I love Laurie Halse Anderson and enjoyed all three books but for me nothing could top the first. It was that great. 3y
ValerieAndBooks @megnews I read Fever 1793 many years ago and liked it. For some reason I thought this trilogy was for a much younger audience but when I saw Ashes in B&N recently felt I should read them all but they didn‘t have Chains. So I found all three from Book Outlet online. Looking forward to reading— glad to know you liked them. 3y
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viankareyes
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I can‘t put this book down! Everyone knows about how hard slaves had it but when you get put into their perspective it speaks volumes. #ucfssechains

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RoblesMichelle
Chains | Laurie Halse Anderson

I was so confused by Madam's decision to sell Ruth out of nowhere, I felt blind sided which i thought was strange how all of a sudden she was being so nice to the girls! I just felt something was going to happen I just did not imagine the worst I guess. #ucfssechains

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Cassidy123
Chains | Laurie Halse Anderson

I'm only on chapter 4 but I love the relationship between Ruth and Isabel and how they will do anything to protect each other. #ucfssechains

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gell.katherine
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I am a few chapters into Chains. Ruth and Isabels relationship is so sweet and it reminds me of me and my siblings. They do whatever it takes to protect me and I‘m grateful for them. I can‘t wait to read more! #ucfssechains

viankareyes I agree with this! Me and my siblings would do anything for each other! 3y
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aramirez68
Chains | Laurie Halse Anderson

I'm currently in chapter 11 for this book and I felt the beginning was a bit intense. But to see isabel grow and over time. She has over come so much so for in the book. I have loved reading this book and I bought the two other books in this series. I can wait to read them ucfssechains

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viankareyes
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Currently on chapter 10 of Chains and it‘s been an incredible read so far. I can‘t wait to read what other sacrifices Isabel will make for her and Ruth‘s freedom! #ucfssechains

megnews This one‘s so good. 3y
gell.katherine I agree! Can‘t wait to read more. 3y
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RoblesMichelle
Chains | Laurie Halse Anderson

Isabel is such a great big sister!! will do anything to protect her younger sister Ruth. its so nice to read, as a mother to 3 daughters I hope they will always have each others back and do anything for each other! #ucfssechains

aramirez68 I agree with you she is a great big sister!!! She is showing her siblings how to be a great person. She is sitting a good example for them to follow. 3y
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patriciathomas28
Chains | Laurie Halse Anderson

#ucfssechains I am 10 chapters into the book currently and I am so intrigued! I love the sister relationship we get to see between Isabel and Ruth. The way Isabel is so protective over Ruth reminds me of myself and my younger siblings. I'm curious to see how the book progresses with Isabel and Ruth living with the Locktons and her relationship with Curzon.

CherylVDM The opening of the book was disturbing. I know the story takes place at the time of the Revolutionary War but just the fact that the girls were “property” and were basically transferred after the death of their owner. I enjoy the character development Ruth. 3y
lina0217 I agree! the beginning was very disturbing. I was frustrated with the way Isabel was being treated by the Lockton's and how little control she had over her own life. One specific event that made me feel really sad for Isabel was In chapter 9 when Madame says that Isabel's name is ridiculous and her new name would be Sal Lockton because “it's more suitable“. Isabel was slowly being stripped of everything that belonged to her. 3y
aahmed21 Wow, the beginning of this book was intense for me. I didn‘t know what to think. As I continued reading I was trying to put myself in Isabel‘s shoes and was thinking about if I had been going through what she was dealing with or if I was to get treated the way she was being treated and it just brought a lot of frustration and anger to me. One thing that really bothered me was the girls being their “property”. So sad! Can‘t wait to continue reading 3y
RoblesMichelle In the first chapter when Isabel went looking for answers to her mother and asked what they should do next or where to go. I really found myself emotional and it was just the beginning. I really couldn't imagine going through what they had to endure during that period in time. When the pastor told Isabel you belong to Mr.Robert now I found myself quickly becoming angry because there was nothing they could do to prove they were to be freed. (edited) 3y
viankareyes I am also on chapter 10 and definitely am curious to see how it will be for Isabel living there. I wonder if she will go back and give her friend information or will she just keep it to herself! 3y
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RoblesMichelle
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Excited to read Chains #UCFSSECHAINS

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aahmed21
Chains | Laurie Halse Anderson

Can‘t wait to start reading this book!! The brief summary instantly caught my attention and I am so excited to read and find out for myself! #ucfssechains

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gell.katherine
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I chose Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson for the #ucfssechains book club. I‘m very excited to start reading and enjoy the book!

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patriciathomas28
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I have chosen Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson for #ucfssechains book club. I'm excited to start reading it!

CherylVDM I think you‘ll enjoy it. 3y
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#UCFSSECHAINS If you‘re new to Litsy simply refer back to this post or the hashtag above to see what we are saying about the book. If you post, you just use the hashtag so that we can see what you‘ve said. You should follow each member once they post. We will formally begin on Monday, January 20th.

aramirez68 I just got the three books in this series a couple of days ago! I know it's a bit late to start reading but l I'm hoping to start tonight I can't wait to start reading!!! I'm hoping to get through the book by Thursday or Friday. I also got the audiobook so I can listen when I'm driving to work!! (edited) 3y
aramirez68 I'm currently in chapter 11 for this book and I felt the beginning was a bit intense. But to see isabel grow and over time. She has over come so much so for in the book. I have loved reading this book and I bought the two other books in this series. I can wait to read them #ucfssechains 3y
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Behind #Adventrecommends door no. 9: Most anything by Laurie Halse Anderson. These are two of my favorites.

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“I put on my skirt and made my way to the bottom of the stairs. The hour was upon me. It was time to act.”

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This story would be perfect for my classroom to discuss the African American slave acts and the hardships they faced.

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“Chains” was written by Laurie Anderson in 2008. This is an amazing example of historical fiction about a young African American slave who is fighting for her and her sisters freedom. This story was truly empowering and I recommend!

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Genre: Historical Fiction
Date Started: Sept 9, 2019
Date Completed: October 5, 2019
How did you choose this book: I was given it for christmas by my friend @May14
summary of the novel: This novel is about a slave named Isabel and her difficulties on wanting freedom. She and her sister got stuck in many situations to the point where Ruth Isabel's sister needs to be saved, and had to overcome many challenges with country wars and her harsh masters.

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Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson is HF chapter book. It has won the Scott O'Dell Award and was a National Book Award finalist. It is an incredible text that is set during the Revolutionary War and gives readers an insight into Isabel's life and he struggle to find her sister after escaping slavery. This book is part of a trilogy that I hope to read the next 2 books very soon! I would use this book as a IR or LC in my classroom.

carlenerubin https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/chains

UDL: 7.1
ESOL: 2
Using this book in a literature circle allows students to make a choice in their education as to which book they would like to read. It also allows students to work together and help one another on vocabulary and other difficulties with the text.

#UCFLAE3414SU19
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megnews ❤️ 4y
DrSpalding I truly enjoy her books! This would work well in a fifth grade or above class using literature circles. Have you read https://books.google.com/books/about/Fever_1793.html?id=Bj5QGMN7pUMC&printsec=fr... It‘s so good!❤️📚 3y
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#OneWordTitles I‘ve enjoyed and 2 on my tbr.

#SpringIntoReading

Freespirit Loved London😍 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have Beloved... 4y
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“She cannot chain my soul... not unless I gave it to her.”

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This book is so important to teach because it shows a side of history that is rarely shown. It also teaches students how powerful their voices can be.

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This is such an important side to a story that is rarely heard. It‘s important to show these to your students to explain how valuable and crucial these stories are and that there are many sides to history. The plot is very interesting and unexpected.

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Scott O‘Dell Award & National Book Award Finalist author Laurie Halse Anderson‘s Chains is a great way to get your readers interested in a novel series! Chains takes place during the immensely difficult time of the American Revolution. Read this touching HF story to follow along on the journey of sisterhood for a fright for freedom. Introduce your students to this story through a LC or IR when learning about the American Revolution! #LAE3414sp19

claireherman UDL Principal to provide Comprehension (3.1) Activate or supply background knowledge
ESOL Strategy 4: Link lesson topic to students‘ prior knowledge
Lesson Plan: https://study.com/academy/lesson/chains-novel-lesson-plan.html
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Kcallihan Claire, this book sounds so interesting! I‘ve never heard of these books before but the way that you introduced them made me much more inclined to want to learn more. I also enjoyed that you included potential lesson plan ideas such as the American Revolution. If we could get our students interested in these books I believe it would not only help their literacy skills but also their history skills immensely! 4y
DrSpalding Wonderful peer feedback. Helpful resource and you have aligned universal design and English learner strategies well. 4y
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”I had set myself free”

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Great book for children to learn about the revolutionary war and what slaves had to endure. Theme that shows the strength and perseverance you have to have when fighting for freedom.

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2008, historical fiction. Story of 13 year old girl Isabel during the revolutionary war. She is promised freedom with her sister if their owner dies. End up becoming spaces to a malicious New York couple. Another space encourages her to spy on her new owners.

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Good source to learn about slavery and how their lives were.

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lauren_rese
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Like her book Forge, this books is also talking about the fight for freedom. This books takes place as the Revolutionary War begins. This books shows how people‘s lives changed day by day changing from one life to another life as a slave. It displays violence which was a large part to this time back then but can be a lot for younger children. Genre: Historical Fiction; Published: 2008

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“I had set myself free”

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kayleaallison
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I think students will really enjoy this book. It is an interesting story about a young girl fighting for her freedom.

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kayleaallison
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Chains is a story about a young girl who is fighting for her freedom. This book is set during the Revolutionary War.

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1. Kinky Boots with the hubs! I ❤️ Broadway!
2. I found a small group of friends who have become closer than most of my family. Unconditional love and acceptance abounds and I feel so lucky to have found those friends, even though we are now separated by many states.
3. Tagged!
4. Mr. Rogers
5. ☘️☘️☘️

@howjessreads #friyayintro

Lizpixie 🍀 4y
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was beautifully written. I loved reading and purposely took my time to savor it slowly. Looking forward to reading the next book of the series.

Scochrane26 I think my 5th graders at school read that one. 4y
Krystle13 @TabbyGibby our cats could be twins. She is so beautiful. 🐱 4y
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I never thought about "common sense" in this way! I always felt it was, well, common and most people had it. Or it wasn't anything special. This new idea will be fun to ponder over.

Paula3 Seems true to me 4y
CouronneDhiver Agree! 4y
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