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Collaborative Book Club

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Books bring families together in this unique experience for children in grades 4 through 6 and their families. Come to the museum for a guided tour the Long Road to Freedom: Surviving Slavery on Long Island exhibition, then take part in a book discussion of Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson from Emma S. Clark Memorial Library. Students, parents, and siblings share a one-of-a-kind reading experience!  In-person registration at the library begins March 2. Books will be supplied at the time of registration. For questions please call the library at (631) 941-4080.

Book synopsis:

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

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 malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, 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.

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off chains, both physical and spiritual.


April 7
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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The Long Island Museum
1200 Route 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790 United States
(631) 751-0066