Schedule/Sign-Up for September American Revolution Read-a-Long: CHAINS by Laurie Halse Anderson

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. (GoodReads Summary)

We hope you will join us for the September read-a-long of Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson as part of the American Revolution Challenge 2013.

We will read a handful of chapters every week throughout September, and every Friday, we will post discussion questions here. We welcome you to post your thoughts on your blog and provide a link or just type your thoughts in the comments section of the discussion post; whatever works best for you. You can answer our questions or just discuss whatever you found most interesting in each section.

Here is the Reading Schedule, Discussion on Fridays:

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)

If you’d like to join us, please let us know in the comments.


  1. I think I’d like to join you for this readalong. Please remind us when to start.

  2. Irene, we’ll be sure to remind everyone the week before, but we wanted to announce it early enough for everyone to get the book

  3. I will try to join in if I can get the book at my library.

  4. I’m looking forward to reading this one! Hope we get more people to join us. 🙂

  5. My daughter and I are signing up. Looking forward to it!

  6. I’d love to join.

  7. I cannot wait to start this read-a-long next month

  8. […] you’re interested in participating, please sign up in the comments on this post.  We hope you’ll consider joining […]

  9. I have been meaning to read this book forever, so new is my chance. I am looking forward to the read along in September. Thanks for hosting this.

  10. Please count me in for this one!

  11. Count me in!

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