Seeds of America

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272 ratings

Chains Publisher's Summary

Freedom. In 1776 New England, that word is on everyone's lips. But for 13-year-old Isabel, the word holds a different meaning, especially after the only mistress she has ever known dies, and instead of receiving the freedom promised, she and her younger sister, Ruth, are sold to the Locktons, a wealthy New York family.

In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave bucolic Rhode Island for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community intensely divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for independence. As Isabel tries to work out her own freedom, she soon finds herself a pawn in a game of cat-and mouse between the Locktons, who are fierce supporters of the king, and the growing rebel forces trying to take over the city.

Alliances are made and promises are broken, and Isabel learns the hard way that the "freedom" she's being asked to spy for does not extend to her. And when her beloved Ruth is sold off, she begins to discover that the only freedom she'll ever have is the freedom she takes for herself.

Laure Halse Anderson delivers in this utterly compelling novel, which transcends (and will ultimately redefine) the category of historical fiction. Equal parts political thriller and coming-of-age story, this impeccably researched yet completely accessible story of a young woman's quest for freedom brings the American Revolution to life in all its grand and conflicted glory.

©2008 Laurie Halse Anderson (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Chains

    • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated by: Madison Leigh
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 947
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 824
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 826

    Freedom. In 1776 New England, that word is on everyone's lips. But for 13-year-old Isabel the word holds a different meaning, especially after the only mistress she has ever known dies, and instead of receiving the freedom promised, she and her sister are sold to the Locktons, a wealthy New York family. In a matter of hours Isabel has to leave Rhode Island for the hustle and bustle of colonial New York City - a community divided and caught up in the American colonies struggle for independence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Historical Fiction for All Ages

    • By EmilyA on 04-29-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • Forge

    • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated by: Tim Cain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170

    The young soldiers at Valley Forge are suffering from hunger, cold, and the threat of the British army. Their newly forged bonds of friendship might be enough to help them survive. But the chains of Curzon’s past threaten to shackle him again. Surrounded by the fires of ignorance, mistrust, and greed, Curzon can’t risk sharing his deadly secrets with anyone. Does he have the mettle to hold on to his freedom? To claim his rightful place as an American?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great😝

    • By Michelle on 03-27-15

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • Ashes

    • Seeds of America, Book 3
    • By: Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge - but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state - where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent conclusion to the series!

    • By Marethyu on 03-08-17

    Regular price: $19.99