Thorndike Press

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  • Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1410499170
  • ISBN-13: 9781410499172
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.25 lbs ( .57 kgs)
  • 442 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released March 2017

About

Overview

A Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award Winner
A National Book Award Finalist

The Seeds of America Trilogy (Book 1)

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.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“Well researched and affecting in its presentation, the story offers readers a fresh look at the conflict and struggle of a developing nation.”

— School Library Journal

“Anderson explores elemental themes of power (“She can do anything. I can do nothing,” Isabel realizes about her sadistic owner), freedom, and the sources of human strength in this searing, fascinating story. The extensive back matter includes a documented section that addresses many questions about history that readers will want to discuss.”

— Booklist (starred)