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`Read Ebook º Forge ¾ 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Once again I am disappointed not to find out what happened to little Ruth, sister of Isabel In fact this story never learns one thing about Ruth This story is told through the voice of Curzon as the two escape New York and end up in New Jersey fleeing for freedom There we end up following Curzon as he enlists as a free man in the Continental army to fight for the Revolutionists Isabel runs off to find her sister They meet again when they are both imprisoned again as slaves and owned by Be Once again I am disappointed not to find out what happened to little Ruth, sister of Isabel In fact this story never learns one thing about Ruth This story is told through the voice of Curzon as the two escape New York and end up in New Jersey fleeing for freedom There we end up following Curzon as he enlists as a free man in the Continental army to fight for the Revolutionists Isabel runs off to find her sister They meet again when they are both imprisoned again as slaves and owned by Bellingham The relationship between Curzon and Isabel is a tug of war between fighting and eventually ends up as caring and loving each other I loved the story of how Curzon got his name and what it means Eventually they manage another daring escape only to have the novel over and once again being left as a cliff hanger for a third novel Will they even look for Ruth Will they be captured again What happens next Frankly despite that the books are good, I want to be able to read a story without needing three books to get the whole story I am getting a bit worn down by the trilogy books RECOMMEND 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 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 relevant to the Revolution, intertwining history and original plot development without becoming tiring.The reintroduction of Isabel toward the latter half of the novel seemed out of place and awkward, though I loved her character in the previous book She reveals a revelation to Curzon that isn t further fleshed out, and their ensuing romance was rushed without explanation, especially because when they finally reunite they are angry and separated from one another.Regardless of these problems, Forge is a great book to read for historical fiction and young adult fiction fans alike The extensive research performed by Anderson is extremely evident, and I am looking forward to the next installment in the Seeds of America series, Ashes.Want to readof my reviews Follow me here 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 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 the ill prepared American side As he struggles to survive the winter, Isabel is not far from Curzon s thoughts.The sequel to Chains , Forge is told from Curzon s point of view After Isabel helps free Curzon from jail, both of them run and hope to find Ruth Isabel s sister Being on the run, however, raises the tension between this pair and they part ways Curzon moves on and finds himself amid a battle between the patriots and the loyalists He helps save Eben, a soldier for the American side What follows is that Curzon signs up in the Continental Army despite the fact that he is not free While aimed at a younger audience, Anderson greatly depicts the struggles and difficulties of war She again, brings up slavery and race and that lingering question of how can the Americans fight for freedom when they are reluctant to free their slaves The prose is well written and the tone complicated yet hopeful Anderson transported the reader to Valley Forge in the midst of winter Delivering a historically accurate and moving narrative, this was good read.Valley Forge was an iconic landmark during the war George Washington choose this land for its strategic location to Philadelphia What he did not take into account was the winter and the bitter cold Because of that the 12,000 people that marched into Valley Forge were ill prepared The soldiers had to build their lodgings, did not the proper clothing to sustain the winter and had very little in the way of food Surviving mainly on firecakes flour and water mixed togther, then cooked on heated stones , the soldiers labored under harsh conditions Because of the terrible road conditions, it was near impossible for food and supplies to reach the camp Thousands died due to starvation, cold and disease Many lost limbs due to frostbite and its important to remember that many of the soldiers were young boys Anderson portarys this in the narrative vividly 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 changeThe continuing story of Curzon and Isabel was enjoyable, if a little contrived I think it will appeal to young people as the 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 changeThe continuing story of Curzon and Isabel was enjoyable, if a little contrived I think it will appeal to young people as they imagine what kids their age were facing 230 years ago Many of the soldiers at Valley Forge were really just boys in their early teen years Laurie Halse Anderson s research is impeccable I admire her dedication to accuracy in writing historical novels for young adults Her stories have enough complexity to appeal tomature readers as well Book 3, Ashes, is due out next year I ll be eagerly watching for it