Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
(Seeds of America)

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In this compelling sequel to Chains, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson shifts perspective from Isabel to Curzon and brings to the page the tale of what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their own paths in a world of obstacles—and in the midst of the American Revolution. The Patriot Army was shaped and strengthened by the desperate circumstances of the Valley Forge winter. This is where Curzon the boy becomes Curzon the young man. In addition to the hardships of soldiering, he lives with the fear of discovery, for he is an escaped slave passing for free. And then there is Isabel, who is also at Valley Forge—against her will. She and Curzon have to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom.
 

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Laurie Halse Anderson is descended from many soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. While researching Forge, she walked barefoot in the snow, cooked over open fires, wrote by candlelight, split wood, and gained a new appreciation for the sacrifices made by our ancestors who were committed to the freedom of all people. She is a New York Times bestselling author of many novels and picture books. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Her books Speak and Chains were National Book Award Finalists. In 2009, Chains also received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the Young Adult Library Services Association. She lives in northern New York. Follow the author’s adventures on Twitter at twitter.com/halseanderson.
 
Published October 19, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 304 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kirkus Reviews talks with award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson about her book "Forge", which is the second book in a historial thriller trilogy.

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At the end of Chains (2008), Isabel rescues her friend Curzon from Bridewell Prison and rows away from Manhattan in their escape from slavery.

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The New York Times

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The specter of full-grown adults festooned in tricorn hats may have retreated in the post-Tucson landscape, but the American Revolution and its reputed lessons are still in the air, making this an interesting time for Laurie Halse Anderson to publish “Forge,” her new novel about the Revolution a...

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New York Journal of Books

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As the second book in the trilogy, Forge makes this period in time and the horrendous conditions of Valley Forge not only accessible but also understandable for young readers.

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The Bookbag

Summary: Continuing adventures of Curzon and Isabel, slaves during the American Revolutionary War.

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Teen Reads

The book introduced young people to an important --- and often overlooked --- chapter in American history, as Anderson told the story of the dawn of the American Revolution through the eyes of a young slave girl.

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Common Sense Media

This sequel to Chains shifts the perspective from Isabel, a female slave, to Curzon, a male slave, and follows his story as he escapes from a military prison, inadvertently re-enlists in the army during the American Revolution, suffers inhumane conditions at the Valley Forge encampment, and is re...

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Chicago Tribune

Isabel is now branded on her cheek for insubordination, half-frozen and exhausted, having engineered the escape of herself and Curzon, a young man promised his freedom for spying on the British, and then imprisoned by them.

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Publishers Weekly

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In a prologue set in 1864, Confederate spy Rose Greenhow drowns near the mouth of North Carolina’s Cape Fear River while attempting to insure the safety of a letter of support from Napoleon III to Jefferson Davis.

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Red Room

That Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning historical fiction can be so easily read also permits readers to more readily comprehend how what happened a long time ago can still have such significance today.

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Kepler's

Remember Curzon, the boy who Isabel frees from prison in Chains Forge takes up Curzon’s story after they leave New York City.

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Greenwich Library

Curzon, the main character was fighting as an ordinary free soldier at Valley Forge until his old master shows up.

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