Chains: The Seeds of America Trilogy, Book 1

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Powerful story of slavery in 1776 New York.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 18+

A Bad Book

It is sad and very gruesome. I read it myself and I do not approve. The language is bad and the plot is just horrible. Many gruesome things happened like the main character getting branded on the cheek with a red hot iron book
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age 14+

5th Graders may not be ready for the abuse on a child that is detailed in this book

My 5th grader reads out loud to me after school so we can work on her homework together. I had to stop her several times as my stomach turned and my eyes teared, until I actually had to excuse myself to keep from getting ill during several descriptions in the book of physical abuse, as the story is written very vividly. I do not know if it is appropriate for every 5th grader and wish I had know the content of this book prior to the class starting it together. As a family, we try to limit exposure to violent movies, books and to us, this is a very unsettling book that is REQUIRED as part of a common-core reading program and I would not, on my own, find this appropriate for children under the minimum age of 14.

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Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

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