Forge : Born a slave, fighting to be free

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Isabel and Curzon have escaped New York and are facing a life on the run. Isabel wants to find her sister, and Curzon can't see how to help her. When they find themselves separated, their journeys become harder and Curzon joins the American army, fighting for independence against the British. Neither has the success they wanted and soon they are reunited in terrible circumstances, enslaved once more. As the army prepares for its biggest battle yet, Curzon too prepares for the hardest challenge he has ever faced - getting both himself and Isabel out of Valley Forge and freeing them. For good. A brilliant and gripping story in which two wonderful characters fill the reader's mind and heart with epic adventures and extraordinary courage. This historical novel not only brings to life a crucial period in American history but also establishes two of literature's most appealing young lovers.
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 222.26g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408803801
  • 9781408803806
  • 189,019

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Praise for Chains: 'Isabel's captivating voice as she struggles to escape her owners in New York is painfully convincing ... you love her tenderness and courage as she experiences poverty, cruelty, powerlessness and kindness' The Times 'Outstanding ... (the) novel of the season' The Bookseller 'Chains is one of the most moving and striking books I have read in a long time; finally some thoughtful stirring historical fiction for young adults ... Anyone reading this brilliant book will be left beguiled' Waterstone's Books Quarterly 'A vivid historical novel with a wonderfully engaging character at its heart' Glasgow Herald
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About Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson lives in the USA and is the multi-award-winning author of many bestselling novels, including Speak and Fever 1793. Chains is the first in a series of three books to feature the defiant heroine Isabel, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Carnegie Medal. Forge continues the story from Curzon's perspective. While researching Forge, Laurie walked barefoot in the snow, cooked over open fires, split wood and gained a new appreciation for the sacrifices made by Americans who were commited to the freedom of all people.
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10,711 ratings
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4 41% (4,405)
3 16% (1,713)
2 3% (342)
1 1% (115)
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