Review: CHAINS by Laurie Halse Anderson

Savvy Verse & Wit and Scrappy Cat both posted reviews of the read-a-long book, Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, for the American Revolution Reading Challenge in 2013.  Here’s an excerpt from Savvy Verse & Wit:

Anderson’s young adult novel deftly balances the cruelty of slavery with the sensibilities of young adults, ensuring that the abuse and cruelty is never more than young readers can handle. However, there are some instances that do become graphic, but it is essential to demonstrate the fates that faced a number of slaves, especially those who attempted or even thought about escaping their masters.

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Here’s an excerpt from Scrappy Cat:

I thought the book was well written and I probably would not have read it if it hadn’t been for the read-along, because I don’t usually read young adult books (which this book is).

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***This just in, a review from The Children’s War.  Here’s a snippet:

Isabel is a very strong willed girl and Mrs. Lockton knows it and is determined to break that will and so she is constantly trying to tighten the chains of slavery that bind Isabel.  Yet, it takes a while for the realization that Mrs. Lockton cannot chain her soul to really sink in to Isabel’s consciousness, even though all her actions had always already proven it to be true.

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**Attention participants: Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

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1 Comment

  1. I too would probably not read this book, if not for the read along.


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