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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Review: Forge was a really nice middle grade read. Curzon's POV (point of view) was interesting to read through, and I loved the historical accuracy (firecakes, hardships, etc.) about the Revolutionary War. The setting in Valley Forge was very enjoyable, as even in YA fiction, usually the 1849's are featured, and not much before then. Of the characters, I liked Eben's friendship with Curzon because of the bumps (or bump) they had along the way. Isabel was a curiosity to me, mainly because I hadn't read Chains, so I didn't really understand her behavior at first. However, as time went on, I began to like her (though I still am glad Isabel's POV wasn't in this novel, as I liked Curzon's better). I think proper historical fiction isn't present in middle grade very much, so I was happy to see this one. There are only two complaints I had about this book. There is some minor use of language, though it wasn't really a big problem overall. Also, it did get slightly boring in the middle, so I had to force myself to finish it. Overall, I give this novel 4 stars. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, after all.