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Chains is the story of two young siblings promised freedom, but taken up north to continue to be slaves to an unfair slave owner. Chains is a novel about two young African American girls in the 1700's. Chain is the story of two siblings named Ruth and Isabel, both from Newport.They were under the ownership of a great slave owner. They treated Ruth and Isabel were great and treated them with great loyalty and respect. However the slave owner died and sold the rights to a couple called the Locktons. The Locktons were a gruesome couple from New York that were undercover spies for the British. Isabella and Ruth were subject to cruel torture, lies, and oppression from the couple. Ruth suffered from seizures and ended up being taken away in fear that she was possessed. The Lockton's sent Ruth away, breaking Isabella's heart and ruining her life. After Ruth was taken away Isabella continued to live under the harsh conditions, until she was approached by slaves and patriot's asking to spy on the family. Isabella agree's in hopes of getting the Lockton's arrested and giving her a chance to rekindle her connection with Ruth. After collection of evidence, Mr. Lockton flees in fear of being caught and reprimanded for his actions. Mrs.Lockton is left to go back home and fully confess to the fact that she sent Ruth to their other home in Mississippi. From then on Isabella begins her trip to Mississippi and rescues Ruth after running away from Mrs.Lockton's wrath. She not only connects with Ruth but she is also free and not a slave.
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Best part of story, including ending: I really liked how the story was set up around the history of the United States and the important concepts taken in with the different opposing forces during the revolutionary war.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene was when Isabella escapes. As I read I began to feel as I also escaped too. The pain and suffering Isabella went through was enough to make me feel encouraged and happy when she actually left the Lockton residence.

Opinion about the main character: I liked that Isabella persevered and she wasn't the type of individual to give up hope. When it comes to things like slavery, the most successful stories come out of a character who has their head held up high.

The review of this Book prepared by Moe Mohamed a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   slavery Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   slave Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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