Forge | Seeds of America Trilogy | Sequel to Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson Middle grade Novel - Alder & Alouette

Forge | The Seeds of America Trilogy | Sequel to Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, Book 2

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Curzon navigates the dangers of being a runaway slave in this keenly felt second novel in in the historical middle grade The Seeds of America trilogy from acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson.

Blistering winds. Bitter cold. And the hope of a new future.

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.


  • Young Hoosier Book Award | Nominee | Middle Grades | 2013
  • New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award| Winner | Middle Readers | 2011
  • Volunteer State Book Awards| Nominee | Middle School | 2013
  • Volunteer State Book Awards | Nominee | High School | 2013
  • Delaware Diamonds Award | Nominee | High School | 2012


  • Written by Laurie Halse Anderson.
  • Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 24, 2012.
  • Ages 10 to 14 years, Middle Grade
  • 1.1" H x 8.3" L x 5.5" W (0.52 lbs) 320 pages
  • Softcover