Laurie Halse Anderson lives in the USA and is the multi-award-winning author of many bestselling novels, including Speakand Fever 1793. Chainsis the first in a series of three books to feature the defiant heroine, Isabel, and has been shortlisted for the 2010 Carnegie Award.
'Chains is one of the most moving and striking books I have read in a long time; finally some thoughtful stirring historical fiction for young adults . . . Anyone reading this brilliant book will be left beguiled'
Waterstones Books Quarterly
'Isabel's captivating voice as she struggles to escape her owners in New York is painfully convincing . . . you love her tenderness and courage as she experiences poverty, cruelty, powerlessness and kindness'
'Featuring superbly drawn characters, this extraordinarily powerful novel deftly weaves fact and fiction to create an experience that makes the reader feel they are living the story'
'This is outstanding - it's my novel of the season and I can't wait for the sequel'