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Laurie Halse Anderson is quickly becoming one of my favorite young adult authors. I'm amazed with the wide range of subject matters of her books. The first book I read of hers, Speak, made her famous and dealt with teenage rape. A serious subject that she handled very well. Since then I've read some more typical teen lit from her. Then this book, Chains, it's historical fiction. I can imagine in my mind someday tackling the writing of a teen novel. No where can I imagine tackling historical fiction. She does a marvelous job of it. Her characters are endearing (well, the ones who are supposed to be, some are also very easy to hate), it made me cry, and I learned a lot about slavery and the American Revolution and slaveries part in the American Revolution, if that makes sense.