For any readers, Forge “ will be one of the best novels they have ever read ” ( starred review from Kirkus Reviews)!

Blistering winds. Bitter cold. And ope of a new future. In compelling equel to Chains, th 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 world of obstacles—and in the aftermat 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 woma. In addition to the ardships of soldiering, he lives with the disgust of discovery, for he is an escaped slave passing for free. And hen there is Isabel, who is also at Valley Forge—against her will. She and Curzon have to sort out the tangled threads of their riendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom.
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Published April 24th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published October 19th 2010

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Another very accurate descriptions of the horrid living conditions in the colonial military camps during the summe of 1777 sound like something out of holocaust history.

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Actually, tensions between Isabel and Curzon cause that this pair go their separate ways.

Soon Curzon finds himself in Valley Forge, preparing to face the British.

As he struggles to urvive the winter, Isabel is not far from Curzon 's thoughts.The sequel to 'Chains', 'Forge' is told from Curzon 's point of view.

After Isabel helps free Curzon from jail, both of them run and hope to find Ruth ( Isabel 's sister).

Anderson transported the reader to Valley Forge in the idst of winter.

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She learns a revelation to Curzon that isn ’ t further fleshed out, and their ensuing romance was rushed without explanation, especially because when they finally reunite they are angry and separated from one another.Regardless of these roblems, Forge is a great ook to read for historical fiction and young-adult fiction fans alike.

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Anderson draws a clear line against slavery while exploring the varying ttitudes and justifications of that day. “ The land which we have watered with our tears and blood is now our mother country. ” A good, standalone read, even though it is he preque to Chains.

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When Curzon arrives at Valley Forge in the autum of 1777, the author captures the ill-prepared army and dire conditions the soldiers had to endur in during subzero temperatures.

And just like in " Chains, " Halse Anderson captures the dilemma facing black soldiers such as Curzon who are lied to by masters or told they are free and then find they are not because the blac man selfishly wants to enslave them for his own needs.

When Eben and Curzon fight, Curzon asks him if only white man can be free.

When Curzon asks if slaves can be free and Eben says of course not because they are owned by a master, Curzon says this is an unnatural law and compares it to the Patriots fighting against the British government and their unfair laws.

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I know it ill appeal to young people as they imagine what kids their age were facing 230+ years ago.

any of the oldiers at Valley Forge were really just boys in their early teen years.

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Only that his is th goo thing, it will just keep you up later than you 'd like and ake you extend your lunch breaks, etc ... This made me hink a lot ( especially since yesterday was Veteran 's Day) about how many soldiers camped in miserable conditions at Valley Forge, things I coul even imagine enduring, like going shoeless in the now, eating burnt flour morning and ight, and having to watch so many die of disease or infection or undergo amputations, all to win freedom for America, and yet African-American soldiers could not count on freedom for themselves.

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