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Forge

(Seeds of America #2)

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Would you risk everything to be free?

The young soldiers at Valley Forge are suffering from hunger, cold, and the threat of the British army. Their newly forged bonds of friendship might be enough to help them survive. But the chains of Curzon's past threaten to shackle him again.

Surrounded by the fires of ignorance, mistrust, and greed, Curzon can't risk sharing his deadly
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Hardcover, 297 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Atheneum (first published October 19th 2010)
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Thomas
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Forge was a compelling book about the Revolutionary War, specifically the events that took place at Valley Forge. The main character, Curzon, is an escaped adolescent slave who enlists in order to keep himself safe and serve a purpose.

I liked this book, but not as much as its predecessor, Chains. Generally I do not enjoy historical fiction, so the fact that I finished this book in a couple of days says something about Laurie Halse Anderson’s writing ability. She keeps things interesting but rele
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Stephanie Anze
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
After escaping with Isabel, both her and Curzon are on the run. As both are still property of their white owners, they must move fast and stay out of sight. However, tensions between Isabel and Curzon cause that this pair go their separate ways. Unaware of Isabel's whereabouts, Curzon moves on eventually joining the Continental Army. Soon Curzon finds himself in Valley Forge, preparing to face the British. The greatetest enemy, however, that he has to face are the natural elements that welcome t ...more
Jeanette (Again)
The refresher course in American history was my favorite thing about this book.
Valley Forge, winter of 1777-78. Remember learning about that in school? Thousands of men (and quite a few women, too) starved and froze all winter long, and many died. The suffering was largely a result of incompetence and poor planning on the part of their leaders. Some things never change...

The continuing story of Curzon and Isabel was enjoyable, if a little contrived. I think it will appeal to young people as the
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Barb Middleton
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Ron
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
“All because he stole something that should have been his to start with.”

This is historical fiction as it ought to be written: a vivid portrait of the times woven from many factual threads as well as period appropriate people and ideas. But this is no history, rather an engaging, enjoyable fiction. Each chapter opens with an epigram from some primary source draw from letters or journals of that time. The story also explores the lot of the common soldier encamped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania tha
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Molly Magro
Every bit as powerful, heart-poundingly suspenseful, fascinating, and honest as CHAINS. I am in love with this series.

Curzon's voice is so solidly written, and every time you think you can put the book down, something unthinkable happens and you have to keep reading. Not that this is a bad thing, it can just keep you up later than you'd like and make you extend your lunch breaks, etc...

This made me think a lot (especially since yesterday was Veteran's Day) about how many soldiers camped in mise
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Shira
Once again, I think I have notes floating around somewhere, but will simply have to leave my impressions from last year.

I did not find this second book nearly as gripping as the first one, and nearly gave up at some point during the reading of this one. It was knowing that the two protagonists would have to work together at some point, and seeing a few very good scenes that showed some maturation happening, that helped me finish this one to get to the third book in the series.
Linda Hart
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a trilogy. I enjoyed Chains more than this, probably because it is Curzon's story, not Isabel's, and so I will likely be reading the 3rd book in order to get the rest of the story. The author does a great job of making history come alive. ...more
Kassidy
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Honestly I thought it was great having my favorite character from the first book as the main character in this one.
Chloe Slack
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the best book I have ever read!! Ever!
Beverly
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 13-16 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: YALSA
Forge,the outstanding sequel to Chains, by truly gifted YA author Laurie Halse Anderson, will turn even reluctant readers into lovers of historical fiction and make history buffs out of even the most resistant student (young or old). The very accurate descriptions of the horrid living conditions in the colonial military camps during the winter of 1777 sound like something out of holocaust history. The battle scenes are equally accurate, equally horrifying and action packed. Anderson also does a ...more
Judy Desetti
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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Donalyn
Feb 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Laurie Halse Anderson calls her historical fiction works "historical thrillers" and the term is well-deserved. Picking up where Chains left off, Anderson continues the story of Curzon and Isabelle, two freed slaves, during the Revolutionary War. Curzon serves as the narrator this time, and we see the horrible conditions at Valley Forge through his eyes.

I cannot wait for the 3rd installment in this series, Ashes.
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Clara Biesel
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. I hope everyone grows up reading these in their revolutionary war education. Yes, this is historical fiction but it's thrilling, painful and eye opening. Each chapter opens with a little quote from nonfiction from the time, which really gives root to the ideas in the book, the questions of morality in a war for freedom, fought in part by slaves. ...more
Lia
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really felt like I was there at Valley Forge. I love how the author used researched facts to create a realistic picture of what it was like at this camp.
Beth Anne
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, read-aloud
Read aloud to the kids for school. We just flew through this second installment in the Seeds of America series. This book follows a character from the first, but as the main character instead. These books do an amazing job of bringing America history to life, with all of its nuance. The main character is a former slave, freed by his (American) master after enlisting him in the continental army. The story follows the time frame of Valley Forge, with all the difficult details of that cold, hungry ...more
Marcus Trent
I definitely loved this more than Chains. Seeing Curzon's view on life in Valley Forge is interesting, in a good way. ...more
Krista Ashe
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Isabelle
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the 1st Seeds of America, Chains, but still good. I thought it was interesting from Curzon's point of view, but I like hearing from Isabel much, much more. I didn't like not knowing what was going on with her. There was also much more violence in this one, since Curzon was in the war and such. I am hoping that the 3rd, Ashes is told from Isabel's point of view. I can't wait to read the 3rd one! This is definitely my favorite Historical Fiction series! ...more
Jessica
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile, 2017
Wow. I forgot how much I enjoyed Chains, the first in this trilogy until I started this one. Certainly doesn’t suffer second book syndrome. Excellent work of historical fiction for juvenile readers - this story of Cruzon, and Isabel - two slaves during the revolutionary war, will keep you on the edge of your seat. I’m looking forward to Ashes.
Abby Chaput
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Before this book, I knew nothing about the Revolutionary War. But after reading this, I now know more info and to what it was like during that time period. I foolishly did not realize that there were slaves during this war, but this book really educated me on the subject. It was not the best book I've ever read in history (no pun intended), but kept me interested and turning pages! ...more
Meena
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a really good sequel to Chains. It's written from Curzon's point of view. It really grabbed my attention and held it until the end. There's going to be a third book, Ashes. I really want to read it! ...more
Niang Cing
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
FORGE BY Laurie Halse Anderson is an interesting book. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it. Curzon Smith is the main character of this book, he is somewhat honest and he is protective of Isabel Garden. Curzon ran away from his original owner, Bellingham and also ran away from his current owner, Trumbull. He enrolled in the Cold War and was considered “Free”, and he was free from what he has explained, he said that his old owner, Bellingham will free him at the end of the war. He got caught an ...more
Christine
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I couldn't wait to start this book, and only waited as long as I did, because there were so many holds on it at our local library! I probably should have read the descriptor, because I didn't know that the book was going to be from Curzon's view and was a bit disappointed that it was not from Isabella's. However, that disappointment only lasted through the first 5 pages! I was very impressed by Forge. I think it helped that I am reading it in the dead of winter and a number of times was walking ...more
Alex Jones
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in the Seeds of America series, Forge, was written Laurie Halse Anderson and published in 2010. Now eleven years after her popular and film-adapted novel, Speak, Anderson continued her trend of writing deep and meaningful plots that tackle the task of changing her readers for the better. Forge describes the hardships of the American-Independence era as it follows the African-American Curzon through his times being free, a soldier, and a servant, traveling through the historical ...more
Megalion
The second book in a marvelous and well researched trilogy about the American Revolution. With particular respect to slavery and blacks serving in the army.

First off, you can't go wrong reading any book by Laurie. She's one of my favorite YA authors, in part for her ability to write captivating stories across a wide range of genres.

In this book, we rejoin Isabel and Curazon. Actually just Curazon as it begins after Isabel has left him. He's now a runaway slave and ends up falling in with soldier
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Owen Herbst
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson is an emotional, edge of your seat novel and I would highly recommend it. The book is one of a series of historical fiction novels, however, Anderson includes real events and people in the book, such as military officers like George Washington. The majority of the book is surrounded around the experience of the runaway slaves, Curzon and Isabel, at Valley Forge in 1777-1778. The slaves are the main characters in the book and are excellently developed. Curzon has a ...more
CJ
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed so much about this second book in Anderson’s “Chains” trilogy. Each chapter starts with a primary source excerpt which sets the authentic tone for this historic tale of Valley Gorge and the brutality endured by the soldiers encamped there, but most especially by the people of color who were enslaved.
The vivid characters and details are woven into the story with the dexterity and craftsmanship that I have gone to expect from this author’s writing.
Though I liked the first book in the s
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Yahya Medani
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forge, the second book from Laurie Halse Anderson's Seeds of America trilogy is written from Curzon's perspective. Curzon, an escaped slave, tries to stay out of the way of anybody that knows might report him as one. He survives through the cold winter with his group of friends. Isabel, is also at the camp helping curzon's group by cooking and cleaning after them. Then when she gets spotted she goes back to being a slave. I really liked how this book presented many different obstacles for the ma ...more
Graham
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great look at black youth’s experience in Revolutionary Times

Not only is this a great piece of historical fiction, but it offers a unique first-person experience of a young man who was formerly a slave and now a freeman fighting with the rebel army. Of course, that does not exempt him from tragedy and abuse beyond even the appalling experiences of soldiers at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78. It’s also uplifting to see the good fortune and friendship that help overcome these obstacles.
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