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Sharon M. Draper
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Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High #2)

4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,281 Ratings  ·  898 Reviews

When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is dangerous and powerful, and tragedy strikes. His substance-addicted mother is taken from him. Then he loses the loving generosity of a favorite aunt. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes his life miserable. The one bright light in Gerald's life is his little half sister, Angel, who

Library Binding, 156 pages
Published November 13th 2008 by Baker & Taylor, CATS (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jessica Vilaysouk
Were you born with a reckless mother? Have you ever had an abusive stepfather? Some people grow up having a hard life, dealing with drama, and fighting through struggles. That's the problem that Gerald has to deal with in the book Forged By Fire.

Gerald is a kid with a troubled past and a troubled future. With all his struggles and losses he still survives. As a young boy his mother leaves him alone; he starts a fire and almost dies. His mother is immediately arrested for child abandonment and
Oct 29, 2007 Antonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Drama!
So far this book is about a young boy who is only 3 and has been neglicted by his mother... and one day when she leaves him alone he starts a fire while playing with his G.I joe toy. When he is released from the hospital he goes to live with his auntie... On his nineth birthday his mother came back into his life and the same day... his aunt passed away! He was forced to move with his mother and step-father. His step father beat on both him and little sister- Then he found out that his step fathe ...more
Second in the Hazelwood High trilogy.

Gerald's story is like a bad soap opera: We frist meet Gerald, a battered and neglected child, when he is severely burned in a fire after being left home alone by his addict mother, Monique. He finds a safe and loving home with his Aunt Queen. When he is nine, his mother and her abusive new husband take him back into their home. The only bright spot for Gerald is Angel, his four-year-old half sister. Gerald finds out that Angel is being sexually abused by her
Oct 09, 2008 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: book-club
I would have to say that this book is fantastic! It jus became my favorite story. The way the author created the situations are so much like real life and that's what made me like it so much. I thought it was going to be just like any other book, but guess what? I was wrong! It exceeded my expectations. It is about a boy named Gerald that is faced with child abuse and a drugged mom. He was very brave and this story had a very suspenseful ending. My favorite part was when I found out what
May 31, 2015 Nerdie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark
I remember really liking this when I read it. one of the better Sharon M. Draper books I've read. Much better then 'Out of my Mind.'
Cyrus Guzman
Jan 07, 2015 Cyrus Guzman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerald is a boy who has a troubled childhood and a troubled teen life. His mother, Monique, a drug addict who neglects her son everyday for drugs. Gerald is only a small boy at the time. He grew up without love and affection from his mother. Gerald's does not just neglect him, she also abuses him. To teach him a lesson, Gerald's mother purposely took a cigarette lighters and burned the palm of his hand because he was playing around with it a few days earlier. On one of Gerald's darkest days, his ...more
Sep 28, 2007 Meaghan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This. Book. Sucked. The characters were cardboard, the plot was contrived, too much time was covered in too short a space, and everything was told rather than shown. It was like Sharon Draper was trying to cram as many issues as possible into the story and they all ended up spilling out, leaving an empty shell. There are so many other, great books out there that deal with the same themes -- please look elsewhere!
Cory Dorn
Jan 22, 2014 Cory Dorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recommend this book to all ages. Because this book
shows how some people lives are bad and they get abused from family and
they need help. And its shows to the people that are getting abused
that there are people out there.

This book is about a young Child Named Gerald who is only three years old, and gets abused by his mother. Gerald always remember his mother being a pretty woman who did drugs and wore a lot of dresses. Gerald almost dies in a fire. His mother goes to jail and Gerald gets t
Aug 27, 2007 Autumn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers who like melodrama, reluctant readers
Shelves: teenagers, urban, boys
Not for me, but great for kids who want a sympathetic hero who goes through every possible trauma and drama. Every chapter contains another catastrophe. 75% of the kids I talk to love this author, so she is clearly hitting a nerve.
Dec 08, 2010 Josephc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose the book because my brother had told me that the series is good. So took his word on what he said and cheaked out the book.

The whole thing had begun with all four of the friends Gerald, T,J, Rob, and Andy at the basketball practice. They were are doing drills on the cort.

The main character of the story well is Gerald and his little sister Angel. I the story Gerald and the sister are being abused by there mom when they are little. When they get older thought the mom meets a man and he com
Jan 07, 2011 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a boy named Gerald. He had a hard life at the beginning living with his aunt that took care of him when his mother was in jail. Also when he met his mom again for the first time in 6 years he was very unhappy with her because she was already out for a year and he didnt know that. Later on his aunt died while he was outside playing and didnt realize it. Soon after he moved in with his mom, abusive step father, and little sister that he just found out about. His abusive father ...more
Shukri Sadik
Aug 31, 2011 Shukri Sadik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book "Forged By Fire" is about a kid named Gerald who lived with his mom (Monique) when he was three. Overall his mom treated him ok till she left him alone, with a lighter. Being a three year old kid he thought it was fun then it caught the house on fire and the police came and arrested his mom. So his aunt queen took him in and they lived happily for six years until his mom came back with a husband (Jordan)and a new daughter (Angel) and they wanted Gerald to live with them. His aunt died ...more
Melissa Garcia
Jan 13, 2016 Melissa Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 16, 2013 Mely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i picked this book up because it looked intresting .

I thought the book was really good because it just cought my attention alot and it was intertaining. it was sad and shooking , it was very easy to read and definetly a page turner !

forged by fire , begins witha little boy whos mom is on drugs and she then gets arrested for leaving her child home alone , then his aunt queen gets custedy of him for sum years until his mom gets out of jail . and he finds out he has a sister and a step dad he fir
May 20, 2015 Savannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really showed how tough kids can be. Not only was his life hard and faced him with trials and temptations but he moved passed them At such a young age. He is truly an inspiration and this is a book everyone should read. This book puts you in the room with him through the fire, through the hospital and through all his beatings. My heart went out to him and his situation.
Dene' Barthell
Mar 18, 2013 Dene' Barthell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is non-fiction. the book contains many internal conflicts. this books lexile score is a 780.

Book Review: this book is about a boy who's mother is a drug-addict and one day she leaves him at home by himself.
This is a really intriguing and interesting book.

Plot Summary: During the course of the day he puts the house on fire. later on in he book geralds aunt comes and takes custody of him, but then she dies. gerald has to go live back with his mother who is msrried and has another chil
Takevia Jordan
Mar 05, 2015 Takevia Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was a good book,I think this tell you that family is everything and always stick together no matter what the sitution is
Xhavier Boykins
Apr 15, 2015 Xhavier Boykins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a phenomanal book, I enjoyed it from start to finish. Not to make the book better than it is but I was gasping every five minutes. Gerald is such a great kid and what he is put through in the book could really scare a reader. They briefly talk about Andy's death (GOD REST HIS SOUL) and Robs death. Gerald's life is just totally messed up he has a horrible father, addicted mother, and still dealing with the death of two of his best friends. The plot doesn't get better than that. I would r ...more
Dario Arganese
Feb 11, 2014 Dario Arganese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much. This had to be the best book we have ever read in any English or literature class. I am hoping we read more of these types of books in school and I am planning on reading all of the books in the Hazelwood Series
Jaden Banks
Feb 04, 2016 Jaden Banks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a young boy who struggles living his life due to his abusive step father. The main character's name is Gerald. Gerald's life was perfect at one point when he was living with his aunt and little sister Angel. Then suddenly his aunt dies and he is forced to live with his mother and brutal stepfather. As a child, Gerald was separated from his mother because she wasn't watching over him when he accidentally set the apartment on fire and nearly died. She was sent to jail and Ger ...more
Delaney Haines
Jan 08, 2016 Delaney Haines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delaney Haines

The book “Forged By Fire” by Sharon M Draper is a realistic fiction book, it's the second book in the series.
The book starts out with a boy named Gerald, he is only 3. He lives with his mother who is also a drug addict. One day, His mother left the house to meet up with her drug dealer to get stuff, she left 3 year old Gerald at home alone. Gerald was playing with his toys, and then he came across his mother's lighter. He remembers his mother taught him not to play with fire, she
Daniel Rodriguez
Oct 23, 2015 Daniel Rodriguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a young kid that is 3 years old kid named Gerald and has to deal with a mother that does drugs and alcohol in front of him.One day his mother leaves him home and said she is going to look for Leroy the guy that she gets drugs from.That same day Gerald finds one of his mother's lighters and burns down the kitchen.Then this kid saves him and brings him to the hospital.At the hospital his aunt stays with him and takes care of him.After the fire his mom named Monique has to go to ...more
Donna Siebold
Gerald lives with his young attractive mother. Sadly, she has a drug problem. She does her best, but it isn't very good and when she leaves him alone to score drugs - he sets the apartment on fire and almost dies. Gerald is taken to live which his Aunt Queen for six years. On his ninth birthday his mother reappears in his life along with with her husband and a six-year old daughter. They want Gerald to move in with them. He despises the step-father on sight and wants to stay with the aunt. Surpr ...more
Mar 12, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forged by Fire is a fiction book that I would say is young adult. The way I saw the book was far from more to be entertaining but instead being a significant story. After starting this book I wasn't able to put it down till I found out what happened to Gerald, Angel, Monique with Jordan in their life. The book didn't have any weakness I think, the story's plot was great. What I really enjoyed about the book was that it was simple which it made it easy to understand, there is no way you could get ...more
Brandon Massey
When Gerald (the main character) was three his mom use to beat him and scream at him when she got high or drunk. This one day Gerald mom (Monique) left and told him to seat still until she came back.By time she came back the house was on fire and she was charge with child endangerment. Gerald had to live with his Aunt Queen. His life with Aunt Queen wasn't the best but she always showed him loved and the best Christmas. Six years later on his birthday he had a big surprise his mom showed up wit ...more
John Tyler
Jan 29, 2015 John Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forged By Fire
By:Sharon M. Draper

This Is a realistic fiction book about a boy named, Gerald. The story begins in a grocery store, three year old Gerald is riding in a shopping cart with his mother. As it goes on it begins to show how that Gerald’s mother is a drug abuser and often leaves Gerald home alone. His mother often goes to meet a man in the streets named Leroy. Gerald tells how when she comes back, she brings a bag of “ white stuff she puts in her nose”. Afterwards, she becomes enraged
Marcela Godoy
Dec 19, 2014 Marcela Godoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper the story of what Gerald went through when his mom Monique abandon him as a baby, and what he is going through in his new life living with Monique, Jordan his stepfather and his little sister Angle.

Forged by Fire takes place in 1990-Present Cincinnati. when he was little he was stuck in a fire that same night that his mom left him, and his aunt took him in to live with her. After several of years his mom comes back to take him home with and to start a new lif
Oct 22, 2014 Jessie010601 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shanel Neal
May 29, 2014 Shanel Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what I think about this book is that it is really good and emotion. when I was reading this book I cried once or twice, because I was really into the book. The chapters were really intense and sad. like in the begging of the book the little boy lived with him mom and he was just a little boy. his mom used to leave him in the house by himself for house! just because of drugs, when I first read the book I couldn't believe she leave her kid for drugs. it just wanted right to me. one day she left hi ...more
Kayla Grant
May 25, 2014 Kayla Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great book that showed that many people could go through struggles on the inside without showing them on the outside.
As a child, Gerald sets the house on fire when his drug addicted mother leaves him alone. He was taken out of her care and given to his Aunt Queen. He became attached to his aunt and adapted to his new life style until one day his mother decides she wants to come back into his life after getting help. He decides he will not leave his aunt to live with his mother a
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Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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