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For many readers, Forge" "will be one of the best novels they have ever read" (starred review from Kirkus Reviews")! Blistering winds. Bitter cold. And the hope of a new future. 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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  • Paperback | 297 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 24mm | 240.4g
  • 24 Apr 2012
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • English
  • Reprint
  • maps
  • 1416961453
  • 9781416961451
  • 217,383

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Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of several wonderful picture books and numerous highly acclaimed novels, including the bestselling Fever, 1793." Her debut young adult novel, Speak," was a National Book Award finalist, a Printz Honor Book, and an ALA Best Book for Reluctant Readers. Laurie lives in Mexico, New York.

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Kidsreads.com FORGEby Laurie Halse Anderson Atheneum Books for Young Readers ISBN: 9781416961444 Ages 10-up 304 pagesAbout the BookRead an ExcerptAuthor Interview -- Month YYYY When Laurie Halse Anderson's novel CHAINS was published in 2008, it became a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. 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. Anderson now continues this work in FORGE, the second book of what will eventually be a trilogy. Here the narrative shifts gears from Isabel to her friend Curzon, a fellow runaway who becomes separated from Isabel but finds safety --- of a sort --- when he enlists as a soldier fighting on the American side during the Revolutionary War. As one of the few black soldiers, he is disrespected --- and worse --- by some of his peers and his officers. With his customary courage, hard work and loyalty, however, Curzon gains the respect and even the friendship of many of his fellow soldiers. All the young men's fortitude is brutally tested, however, when they are told to report to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the winter of 1777 and 1778. As Curzon and his comrades struggle just to survive, Anderson vividly brings to life the horrifying details of life in Valley Forge, unflinchingly documenting the hardships that most high school history books just gloss over. From surviving days without food to digging trenches in frozen ground to trudging through snowdrifts in just a pair of wet, stinking socks, Curzon's story, and that of all the men, will both repulse readers and remind them of the soldiers' remarkable fortitude and bravery. Besides being a compelling, unfailingly realistic account of the winter at Valley Forge, though, FORGE's story also serves as a powerful metaphor:

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