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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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"Starred Review. Not only can this sequel stand alone, for many readers it will be one of the best novels they have ever read. " - Kirkus

"Her masterful storytelling weaves themes of friendship, politics, love, and liberty into a deeply satisfying tale that will leave readers hungry for the final volume. Ages 10–up." - Publishers Weekly

"This sequel can be read alone but readers will benefit from reading the first book, which develops the characters and reveals events leading up to the winter at Valley Forge." - School Library Journal

"Once again, though, Anderson’s detailed story creates a cinematic sense of history while raising crucial questions about racism, the ethics of war, and the hypocrisies that underlie our country’s founding definitions of freedom." - Booklist
Forge is a terrific return not only to the colonial era but to historical accuracy." - The New York Times

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Katya

Forge
I expected a lot of this book after reading Chains. I thought it was good and interesting.

Joseph G

Forge
It was a good fast paced book that taught the reader an important lesson about friendship and the horrors of slavery at the time of the American Revolution.

amy

Chains
It was ... It was good, but needed more work

Caroline

Lacking excitement
After reading Chains, the action-packed prequel, I was disappointed to read Forge. It was very boring and consisted off the same boring routine of Curzon, Eben and the rest of the soldiers. It lacked a want to keep reading and was very tedious on my opinion.

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Laurie Halse Anderson Author Biography

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Anderson was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature…". A wife and mother of four, Anderson lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.

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