Friday, May 28, 2010

POC Book #3: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Another book from my list that is not written by a person of color, although the protagonist is African American. Still, it was a great book and "easy" enough that I am ready to return to adult fiction (or nonfiction) for my next POC book.

Chains Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Very excellent.

Follows Isabel, a young slave girl, and her sister Ruth, from their home in Rhode Island just after the death of their mistress to New York City as the American Revolution is in the process of breaking out. Unashamedly shows the whims to which slaves were subjected, whether owned by rebels or Tories.

I liked Isabel, especially her concern for Ruth and her loyalty to those who were friendly to her, even when that loyalty involved risk to herself.

I enjoy historical novels, especially those aimed at young people, that talk about the "truth behind the story" at the end, which this one did, but I would have been interested to hear more about views on epilepsy at the time (Ruth seems to have this condition).

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MissAttitude said...

I have yet to read Chains but I've read some good review of it. I'm not a big fan of books on slavery so it may be awhile before I read it. It's interesting that it talks about epilepsy, I don't know much about it.

Congrats you won a book over at the POC Reading Challenge!

Katy said...

Interesting book!

Congratulations on your win!