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Forge (Seeds of America)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Published by Atheneum, 2010
294 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-6144-4

Ages 11 and older

Continuing the story of Corzon and Isabelle begun in Chains (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Laurie Halse Anderson takes her protagonists into the heart of the Revolutionary War. Enlisting in the patriotsí army to avoid re-enslavement after escaping from a British prison, Corzon ends up in an army regiment that winters with Washingtonís troops at Valley Forge. Details of life there unfold in vivid scenes that also chronicle Corzonís growing friendship with fellow soldiers, most (but not all) of whom treat him as an equal. When Corzonís former master shows up at Valley Forge, Corzon is re-enslaved and discovers that runaway Isabelle has also been captured. Anderson deftly uses flashbacks to recount necessary details from Chains as she sets this compelling tale of the fierce desire for freedom against the backdrop of our nationís fight to be free of tyranny. A helpful question-and-answer section at the novelís end clarifies fact from fiction in a narrative grounded with terrific characters, and propelled by a swift-paced plot.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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