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Forged by Fire (Hazelwood High #2)

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Will Gerald find the courage to stand up to his stepfather?
When his loving aunt dies, Gerald suddenly is thrust into a new home filled with anger and abuse. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes Gerald miserable, and the only light in his grim life is Angel, his young stepsister. Gerald and Angel grow close as he strives to protect her from Jo
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (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
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 26, 2016 Catie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, series, read-in-2016
These books, to me, feel oversimplified and shallow.

However, these books also somehow manage to make suicide, drunk driving, sexual molestation, drug abuse, and rape school appropriate...FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN.

I don't even care that I think these books could use more character development, more nuanced conflicts, and less melodrama. All I care about is the fact that I have a remediation class of fifteen kids who ALL hate reading, and who all have become OBSESSED with these books, to the poin
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
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.'
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
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!
Apr 17, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been abused by your step father? Do you have a mother who's an addict? Do you have a sibling that makes your day? If you said or thought "yes" to at least one of these questions, I hope this is a good book for you.
Gerald. His mom was an addict who left him alone in the house when he was 3 years old. A fire had occurred and Gerald was sent to live with his aunt who passes away on his ninth birthday. Gerald then begins to live with his abussive stepfather Jordan, His mother Monique,
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.
Jun 02, 2016 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
it was super good not ecpecting some things
Nick Lyn
Jun 01, 2016 Nick Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This story is both inspiring and angering. Gerald went through so many hardships in this childhood, starting with being burned by a lighter at age 3 by his mother. After he was left alone with that same lighter, he set his small apartment on fire on accident, which leads to the social services giving him to his Aunty Queen. Just when his life is finally turned around, Queen tells him his mother is coming for his ninth birthday. Also, you could say he got some big birthday surprises. His mother g ...more
Jairo Monjaraz
May 23, 2016 Jairo Monjaraz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a three-year-old, Gerald is being abuse and neglect. His mother is a drug addict who abandons him from time to time when she goes somewhere to buy drugs or go see some guy. However, one time while she was gone, Gerald accidentally sets a fire to their apartment. By some miracle, he survives, but his mother was sent to jail for child endangerment. When he got out the hospital he was sent to live with his Aunt Queen while his mother serves time in jail. Gerald finally learns love at Aunt Queen' ...more
I took a course for my Master's degree about teaching young adult literature. One of the books we had to read was Tears of a Tiger, which was about teenagers dealing with the death of one of their friends after a drunk driving accident. I thought it was a good book, and I know many people who enjoyed it because it painted a realistic picture of pain and grief and what it is like to lose someone too soon due to something that could have been avoided. So when I found out that Tears of a Tiger was ...more
Berto Sulaica
Apr 11, 2016 Berto Sulaica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In the book Forged by Fire it starts off with Gerald living with his mom Monique who is bad on drugs. Something drastic happened to Gerald when he was just a little boy, his house had caught on fire and burned down. Also Gerald was home alone. Luckily a man who noticed that Monique usually left Gerald home alone when she leaves, rescued him from the fire and took him to the hospital. This meant that Gerald had to go live with his Aunt Queen. She happened to be such a nice and loving lady to Ger
Davion Tyler
Mar 11, 2016 Davion Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story has a lot of twist and turns. Gerald is a young boy that gets taken away from his mom because of her drug abuse and her lack of supervision for her son. Gerald went from being in a house fire to getting adopted by his auntie. Everything was going fine until his mom popped back into the picture. His mom also brings his stepsister and her dad that he never knew about. His sister’s name is Angel and her dad’s name is Jordan. Gerald’s auntie dies of a heart attack and he is forced to move ...more
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
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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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