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Book 2, The Seeds of America Trilogy

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In this compelling sequel to Chains, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson shifts perspective from Isabel to Curzon and brings to the page the tale of what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their own paths in a world of obstacles—and in the midst of the American Revolution. 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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Sep 13, 2010 – Second in the Seeds of America trilogy, this sequel to the National Book Award finalist Chains is narrated by Curzon, the slave Isabel freed from prison while escaping her own enslavement in 1777 New York City. Curzon immediately explains how he and Isabel lived in New Jersey for a few months, before she ran away with their meager funds in hopes of finding her sister, a quest Curzon refused to support. Months later, Curzon is doing his best to forget Isabel, though the depth of his feelings is made evident in flashbacks of their time together. After Curzon saves the life of Eben, a young rebel soldier, he joins the army and suffers through the winter at Valley Forge; tension mounts when Curzon's former owner arrives. Anderson includes meticulous details about the lives of soldiers and, with just a few words, brings readers deep inside Curzon's experience ("My belly voted louder than my wits"). Her masterful storytelling weaves themes of friendship, politics, love, and liberty into a deeply satisfying tale that will leave readers hungry for the final volume. Ages 10–up.

Customer Reviews


It was a great book. I loved it and I can't wait for the next one. It was a great sequel to Chains.

Forge: The Story of Conquering the Monstrosity of Slavery

Saying that this book is great is such an understatement that I can hardly fathom the that there have not been infinitely extensive and useful reviews; the ideas of the author which she brings to surface with her clear emotion and understanding of the human condition are more than truthful and evoke emotions that are far stronger than what an average novel brings; I experienced not sadness, not pain, but misery and agony. When a character feels pain it is not as though it is a person other than yourself; it is all too easy to get caught up in her realistic sense of slavery and of life during the Cold War.
Through this novel you will experience both realism and fiction simultaneously. Therefore, I feel that this book is one of the best works of literature that any person, young or old, can experience; its rollercoaster ride of emotions helps you get a better understanding about the roots of both America and slavery. Cherish this book for eternity, for it is a diamond in the mess of modern literature.

Great book

This was a great book and amazing sequel to chains I can't wait for ashes to come out!!!!!!:):)

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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades 5-9
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 02, 2011
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Seeds of America Trilogy
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