Friendship shines brightly in the novel Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson when Curzon’s military friends help Curzon and Isabel escape from a cruel slave owner. Curzon had believed himself a free man when his former owner discovered him serving with the Continental Army. The previous owner forced Curzon back into his life as a slave. However, Curzon's owner made the mistake of not counting on the loyalty of Curzon’s friends. Themes in the novel include race relations, social class, and the conditions at Valley Forge.
Forge Lesson Plans contain 107 pages of teaching material, including: