Forge, by Laurie Halse Anderson

Summary: 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.  304 p. Atheneum.

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3 Responses

  1. This is the second book in the Seeds of America series (trilogy?), after Chains. I really enjoyed both books. They are well researched, so you know you are reading something that is as realistically set as possible, and the writing is very nuanced. For instance, Forge is about Valley Forge, but also about the characters being forged into stronger people. I think it might depend a bit too much on the first book to qualify for the Newbery. In particular, most of the character development for Isabel is in Chains. What do you think?

  2. I *really* enjoyed this book. It’ll have a tough time because of it being in a series… We’ll see how that debate plays out ;)
    8.5/10

    • I thought it over, and I think it stands alone. The first book in the series is focused on one of the characters, and Forge is focused on another one. So as for development etc., I think Forge stands alone (I haven’t read Chains). This is definitely in my top 5 or higher.

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