The stories of 2 Colonial Lives you won't soon forget


Having run away from their owners, Curzon and Isabel have made their way north in search of freedom. Curzon presents himself as a freed slave and joins the Revolutionary army. Isabel is desperate to find Ruth, her sister who had been sold. After Isabel sneaks away in the middle of the night, we must go it alone with Curzon and his mates in the New Hampshire Fourth, a regiment encamped at Vally Forge. Winter’s harshness, combined with scarce food and supplies, won’t relent as the soldiers try to find warmth, nourishment, and comfort in their desperate situation. Curzon’s mind is clouded. How will he survive fighting in the Revolutionary War? How can he continue to convince his fellow soldiers that he is a freed slave? Where is Isabel? Does she still only think of him as merely a friend? Is she even alive?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is historical fiction at its best. Relatable, intriguing characters and a deeper understanding of history move readers - even the most reluctant ones - to keep turning the page.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

Reading this book while learning about American History is interesting and exciting. If you haven’t read Chains, I highly suggest it. By reading a story from the perspective of a young slave at the time of the Revolutionary War, I got both a glimpse and understanding of what it must be like to fight: one against thousands. As captivating as Forge is, I enjoyed Chains quite a bit more. Isabel tells the story and I felt more connected to and interested in her story.

Forge would be a wonderful gift, particularly for a reader who is studying American History (or will be soon). The boook adds wonderful perspective and insight to The Revolutionary War. Personally, I have a genuine love for Laurie Halse Anderson and her historical fiction books. This book is perfectly written and highly recommended for anyone looking for a good rad, not just those interested in American History.

Parent Reaction

This is a powerful, well-told story. I enjoyed reading it curled up in bed, and would love to hear it read aloud, as I can see the captivated faces of even the most dormant reader hanging on every word. In Chains, Isabel tells a significant part of the story. Here, while she is away for most of it, her power as a character continue to emerge, not just because of Curzon’s love for her, but because you miss her.

This is historical fiction at its finest, as you are part of a time and place, yet it leaves you wanting to learn more about the events and other (more famous) characters.

Type of Book:
This is an historical fiction series about a pair of slaves during the Revolutionary War.
Educational Themes:

This is a must-read for middle or high school student studying US history. The perspective is not just important, but adds depth to the understanding of what life was like in the mid 1700s for all would-be Americans.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 13
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that adults and teens will love. Parents will want to share it with their kids, and their kids will enjoy the strong characters who are their age (but making much bigger life decisions).

Title Forge

Seeds Of America, Book 2

Author Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2010
ISBN 9781416961451
Material Hard Cover
Genres Historical Fiction, History, War
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