Nation Book Award Finalist. Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. By Laurie Halse Anderson. ISBN 978-1-4169-0586-8. Copyright 2008. Softcover with 330 pages including appendix; reading group guide; and prelude to "Forge", the sequel to this book.
In this work of historical fiction, 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 cruel New York City couple 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.
For ages 10-14.