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New York, 1776. As the American War of Independence rages, a slave girl pursues her own fight – for freedom.
Isabel and her sister Ruth are slaves. Sold from one owner to the next: their lives measured like weights of meat or bundles of straw. When they are sold to a malicious pair of New Yorkers, the Locktons, Isabel vows to protect her younger sister and keep hold of the one important thing in their lives – hope. But an unthinkable act of cruelty leads Isabel to embark on the most perilous journey of her life. Can she break the chains that bind her, and find the courage to fight back? Written in a rare and compelling voice, Chains is the story of a girl who longs to be free, living in a society that refuses to let her.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2010.
“One of the most moving and striking books I have read in a long time… Anyone reading this brilliant book will be left beguiled.” Waterstones Books Quarterly