Laurie Halse Anderson and Overview of the book
The young soldiers at Valley Forge are suffering from hunger, cold, and the threat of the British army. Their newly forged bonds of friendship might have been enough to help them survive. But the shame of Curzon's past threaten to shackle him again.
"His Excellency today appealed to the Officers of this Army to consider themselves as a band of brothers cemented by the justice of a common cause.
-General Orders of George Washington, Valley Forge” This means that the officers realize that the American army is to consider the soldiers as a family and not just people.
"This camp is a forge for the army; it's testing our mettle. Instead of heat and hammer, our trials are cold and hunger. Question is, what are we made of?” This shows that the soldiers knew that the journey would be tough but they had to push through it to reach their final goal of being free from England.
Main Conflict, Most Important Point, and Resolution
Most Important Point- After Curzon and his lover, Isabel are reunited in a dramatic fashion they are both re-enslaved.
Resolution- America is finally free from England but Curzon is re-enslaved.
What makes this story interesting?
- The war, they are talking about the war, what has and will continue to happen because of it.
- Valley Forge, because it shows the hardships that the soldiers face by them starving, getting frostbite, and diseases.
- Racism, because Curzon is an African American and is fighting along side white men who do not like him