Chains, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Isabel and her sister, Ruth, are slaves. Sold from one owner to the next, they arrive in New York as the Americans are fighting for their independence, and the English are struggling to maintain control.

Soon Isabel is struggling too. Struggling to keep herself and her sister safe in a world in which they have no control.

With a rare and compelling voice, this haunting novel tells not only the story of a remarkable girl and her incredible strength, but also of a time and place in which slavery was the order of the day and lives were valued like weights of meat or bundles of vegetables.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical
  • ISBN: 9780747598060



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 1 of 1 reviews.

Review by

An excellent historical novel set in the American war of Independance. It is told by Isabel, a young slave girl who is left to look after her 5 year old sister and herself as best she can after the death of her mother and the woman who owned them. Despite being promised freedom, they remain enslaved and at the mercy of those who buy them. This is a book to make you burn with fury at the injustice of slavery. It is well-researched, but character led - although you will learn a lot about the history of the war of Independance and about slavery the information is not forced at the reader in chunks, but skilfully threaded through the story. Isabel is a great character, and her story is continued in Forge.

Also by Laurie Halse Anderson   |  View all