Grades 6 - 8
Grade level Equivalent: 4.7
Lexile Measure®: 780L
Guided Reading: Z
- Historical Fiction
- Colonial and Revolutionary America
- American Revolutionary War
- Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition
- African American
- Women's History and Experience
About This Book
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.
Winner of the 2009 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
2008 National Book Award finalist