If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? 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... show more
If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? 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. From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.
Publish date: January 5th 2010
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 316
Edition language: English
Series: Seeds of America (#1)
This book would be great for slavery and civil rights movement in history. It would be a great collaboration between 6th grade Reading and History teachers.
Their Momma passed away of small pox last year and Isabel promised her that she would keep watch over her simpleminded younger sister, Ruth. Now, as they buried their current slave owner, freedom is in their sights. It was written in the Will, they would have their freedom, but this Will was in th...
And thus ends my crappy book streak: Thank heavens. I have had this book on my shelf for a couple of years, but it looked so depressing (slavery - ick) and the only other experience I had with Laurie Halse Anderson was that made for TV movie of her novel Speak (which, I Have Thoughts, but will talk...
I would definitely consider using this novel (or an excerpt) in my classroom. The overall pacing of the book is quick-moving. Isabel (the narrator), her sister Ruth, and Lady Seymour (the aunt of her owner) are well-developed, though many of the secondary characters are less so; however, that doesn'...