The Seeds of America Trilogy | Chains, Forge & Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson Middle grade Novel - Alder & Alouette

The Seeds of America Trilogy | Chains, Forge & Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson

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It's 1776 and Isabel, Curzon, and Ruth have only ever known life as slaves. But now the young country of America is in turmoil--there are whisperings, then cries, of freedom from England spreading like fire, and with it is a whole new type of danger. For freedom being fought for one isn't necessarily freedom being fought for all...especially if you are a slave. But if an entire nation can seek its freedom, why can't they?

As the American Revolution breaks out into war, sides must be chosen, death is at every turn, and one question forever rings in their ears: Would you risk everything to be free? As battles rage up and down the Eastern seaboard, see the Revolution through Isabel, Curzon, and Ruth’s eyes as they flee, separate, fight, face unparalleled heartbreak and, just like war, must depend on their allies--and each other--if they are to survive.

The New York Times bestseller series is also one with multiple awards.


  • Scott O’Dell Award | Winner | Historical Fiction | 2009
  • National Book Award Finalist | Chains | 2009
  • Laurie also won the 2010 Margaret A. Edwards Awards
  • 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
  • New York Times Best Selling Book Series
  • Laurie received the Anne V. Zaria Award For Young Readers’ Literature Career Award in 2017
  • National Book Award For Young People’s Literature


  • Written by Laurie Halse Anderson.
  • Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, October 17, 2017.
  • Ages 10 to 14 years, Middle Grade
  • 2.6" H x 7.7" L x 5.2" W (1.36 lbs) 976 pages
  • Softcover