Forge

Forge

Book - 2010
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Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416961444
Branch Call Number: J AND
Characteristics: 297 p. : map ; 22 cm

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green_badger_541
Sep 22, 2016

every history enthusiast will love this book. Its one of those books that like totally takes you away. lots of action

ERICK RODRIGUEZ Mar 04, 2013

When is the next book after forge coming it is a great book read chains too.

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DeltaQueen50
Oct 05, 2012

Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson is the second book in her Chains YA series that is set during the American Revolution. In this book, the story follows the American army over the winter that they were in camp at Valley Forge. What helps to make these books so compelling is that these stories are told from the viewpoint to two young black slaves who desire their freedom above all, and this, contrasted with the story of a young country battling for it’s own freedom makes for an engrossing read.

I picked up the book expecting to continue with the story of Isabel, a young girl who had been promised freedom by her mistress upon her death. Instead of the freedom she craved, the greedy heir separated her from her younger sister and sold them separately. Instead this book picks up the story of Curzon, a young black soldier, whom Isabel nursed and together they escaped from their captivity in New York.

Recaptured and now with the army at Valley Forge, they must try and make another bid for freedom. Along with their story, we learn of the difficult conditions the American Patriots endured at Valley Forge, where frigid temperatures and starvation claimed the lives of over two thousand soldiers.

Laurie Halse Anderson has done extensive research into these books, and many of the episodes in the lives of Isabel and Curzon are loosely based on actual slaves’ experiences which adds an emotional impact. Her historical references are well documented and she provides both backup facts and a reading list in the Appendix of the book.

I highly recommend both Chains and Forge and I definitely plan on following these two fascinating characters as they continue on their quest for freedom down a road littered with broken promises, lies and cruelty.

arm285 Jul 08, 2012

Fast paced sequel to Chains. Isabell plays a diminished role in this sequel as Curzon is the lead. Left hanging to see what happened to Ruth.

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