Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson is the second book in the Seeds of America trilogy. The first book, Chains, was a National Book Award Finalist. This may be a historical fiction for older youth, but adults will appreciate the writing and details of the Revolutionary War and slavery. The research done by the author in writing this novel truly shines through the book. Each chapter starts with a famous historical reference from the Revolutionary War. The book Chains is where we first meet the characters Curzon and Isabel, but that is Isabel's story. The second title, Forge, is Curzon's story, a 15 year old former slave who enlists in the Continental Army. Curzon narrates the story and enables us to visualize the everyday life of a soldier in the Continental Army, the cruelty of war and the bloody battlefields. We view the harsh cold winter of Valley Forge encampment, the lack of food, lack of shelter and lack of tools. The book helps us see the politics, the greed, as well as the camaraderie that occurred while fighting for liberty among the soldiers. Also covered in the book are the subject of slavery and the lives of slaves during the revolutionary war. This book is available in hardcover and audio book. I listened to the audio book and I just wanted to keep listening to find out what happened next to the various characters.
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