A Beautifully Written Historical Fiction
Info about Chains
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Historical Fiction
- IRA Teacher's Choice booklist for 2009
- Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2009 Kids' List
- 2008 Booklist's Editors Choice-Book for Youth
- 2008 National Book Award Finalist
- 2009 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
- 2009 Top 10 Black History Books for Youth
- 2009 Notable Children's Book
- Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2011)
- Cybils Award for Middle Grade Fiction (2009)
- Carnegie Medal Nominee (2010)
I also loved how Anderson made Isabel seem stuck. Isabel was constantly being used by Loyalist and Patriots. To her they were all the same because in the end it didn't matter who won because she would never be freed. Not many people see that while the Revolutionary war was happening everything that Patriots said about liberty contradicted their actions because they looked at slaves and said they can't be free. Anderson knew about how people were uninformed about it and wrote about it to educate people about it. I didn't like how mysterious Curzon was in the book. He was described as more as a indentured servant rather than a slave. The way he dressed and his attitude as well as his defiance made him seem higher up. When he was later stuck in prison, that was when it was more clearly stated that he was a slave. I give this book a 4.6 out of 5 stars and I recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction novels.
- Here's a link for an article on Sudan facial scarification. It resembles what Isabel was talking about her dad having scars are his face to symbolize manhood.
- Here's a link for a pass that was used in Virginia by a slave to travel without his master.
Here's a link with a picture and article about the statue of King George the 3rd being pulled down after the Declaration of Independence was read.
Here's a link with a picture and article about the Great Fire in New York that Isabel almost died in.
Here's a link about the history of hanging like the hanging Isabel witnessed.
Kimberly Bradbury wrote an extraordinary book about Jefferson's illegitimate children with a slave. The children all have 7 out of 8 white grandparents making them legally white and therefore free but in order to past as white you have to leave town, never come back, and never tell anyone your past life as a slave. That isn't an option because for one of the children because they're too dark to seem white. All of them though have to do their best to escape slavery. Bradbury and Anderson have similar themes of escaping a horrid life of being enslaved to another person.
My Brother Sam is Dead
My Brother Sam is Dead is set during the Revolutionary war. Tim and and Tim's father are Loyalists while Tim's brother Sam is a Patriot and fights for liberty. Tim looks up to Sam so Tim is torn between the two sides. This book resembles Chains because it has the theme of being torn between Loyalist and Patriots.
Copper Sun is about a girl named Amari that lives in Africa during the time when white men kidnapped Africans and put them of slave ships. One day white men come to her village and kills her family and take her and put her on a slave ship. Copper Sun is like Chains it has that same subject of becoming free only Copper Sun is set before Chains
My Brother Sam is Dead
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