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

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  5,613 ratings  ·  820 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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Dec 28, 2007 Debbie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Cyrus Guzman
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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
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
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
Dene' Barthell
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
Dario Arganese
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
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
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
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
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Shanel Neal
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
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
Brendan Buchanan
The book “Forged By Fire” is a book that talks about the hardships of a young boy named Gerald. The book talks how Gerald had through life with a mother that only cared about himself and a very abusive dad. Gerald also had to try to look out for his little sister Angel who was being abused by her mean stepdad Jordan. Throughout the book Gerald faces Jordan and has to face the challenges on basketball and all of his friends while still trying to keep his household stable. Jordan mainly is the ant ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Mireya rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Mireya by: Sydney my English teacher
it is a really good book. i would recommend it to anyone who likes non-fiction and for those kids with similar circumstances as what Gerald goes through.

i choose the book because i was interested on how other kids life are different than mine and how they struggle and it makes me feel that i should be proud of what i have cause there is other people that wish they could have a good life or family.

i have read another book by Sharon draper and she a really good author her books catch my attentio
Joe Paradiso
The title of the book is forged by fire. The author is draper. Yes it won a literary award. My over all felling is I liked the book and I would want to read all of the books. Reason one the book had a good plot. Reason two the charters were good. Reason three the book keeping you gassing what would happen next.
The setting is the city present day. The protagonist is Gerald. Gerald is a toddler when we meet hem, and we stay with hem all the way throw high school until he is seventeen. Gerald is
Chris Nobles
This book was about a young man named Gerald's life. When he was a baby his Mother was on drugs. She didnt too much care for him, she left his diaper unchanged to tech him a lesson not poopor pee on himself, she burnt his hand to the point that he smelt his flesh burning and past out to teach him not to play with fire. Then one day she left somewhere with her drug dealer and left Gerald unattended to. And he set the house on fire. The ambulance came and rushed Gerald to the Hospital. He almost d ...more
Chas Guest
Forged by Fire. Sharon M. Draper. New York: Simion and Schuster, January 1998. 156 pages.

The book Forged by Fire by: Sharon M. Draper is about a young African American boy and his struggles growing up. Throughout the story we see the main character, Gerald, face many adverse conditions. From the death of his grandmother, the neglect from his mother, and the abuse from his mother's new boyfriend. Throughout this struggle, he invests himself into his sister and sports. But this does not get ride
Hannah Norton
The abuse and neglect of his mother started at birth. Gerlads mother, Monique was a pill popper and did other drugs,leaving him all by himself. When he was 3 his mother left to go get some drugs and left Gerald alone his apartment. His only comfort was his G.I. Joe action figure. His mother told him to stay right here behind the couch and not to move. Gerald only 3 of course moved around. He found his mothers lighter. He remembered this because his mother burnt his hand with it. He was now in th ...more
Natalie Saydee
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Brittany Ashley
i liked this book. it is about this boy named Gerald . His mom was addicted to drugs. one day his mom went out to do drugs and she left him by himself and he was playing with a lighter and he set the house on fire by accident. The mom went to jail . Gerald had went to live with his Aunt Queen . On Gerald's birthday his mom came to see him and he was not happy. He found out he had a sister named Angel . That same day Gerald aunt dies and he has to go live back with his mom. Jordan was angel's dad ...more
Alexander Chiu
I think this was a very powerful book and addressed topics that many children are facing today. In this, Gerald started out with a hard childhood that found him separated from his mother, but luckily he found his loving aunt who took care of him for years. He was then reunited with his mother after his aunt's death, and came home to a new abusive stepfather and joyful younger sister. Together they stuck together to avoid their stepfather, and eventually Gerald stood up and stopped him. This book ...more
Elyssa James
This was the best book we have read so far. I hope we get to read more books like this because it teaches you many life lessons.
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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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