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Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
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The story begins with Curzon, a teenaged black boy who saves a man's life by killing a red-coated soldier with a rock. Curzon decides it is better to sign up for the war again to be guaranteed food and a place to stay. However, conditions in the army get worse and worse, and eventually Curzon crosses paths with his old master, and find himself enslaved once again. Curzon meets his old friend Isabel when he comes to the house, also finding that his master has become relentless in his determination to keep slaves from running-- Isabel has an iron collar around her neck. Together, he and Isabel begin planning their escape once again, and must get around the white slave owners and the army fighting to free America from the British. Set in the irony of the Revolutionary War, Anderson creates a stunning historical fiction novel that will appeal to both male and female readers. It can be just a quick and enjoyable read, or one that could be analyzed in schools.
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