Friday, May 22, 2009

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson


This is the first historical fiction title I've read by this author. Previously the books of hers that I read and liked were "Prom," in which a high school senior gets roped into helping her friends put on their prom after their advisor takes off with their money and "Twisted," which follows a teen boy's rebellious act which has serious repercussions for him.

Since I like realistic fiction for teens, I was hesitant to read this one until I read a review by a librarian friend and now I'm really taken with this slave story set in New York City in 1776. Personally I have not read much about the Revolutionary War era in a while so I'm really intrigued with what's going on in this book.

Told through the eyes of a slave girl named Isabel, if you want to get a different perspective on this era, you should definitely read this book!