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Forged by Fire | [Sharon M. Draper]

Forged by Fire

Gerald is only three years old when his mama leaves him alone in the house while she visits her drug dealer. He finds the hot thing she uses to light her cigarettes and in no time, the house is ablaze. Mama is sent to prison, and Gerald goes to live with his Aunt Queen. When he turns nine, Gerald unhappily learns that his mama is being released from jail and wants her son back. Suddenly, he must switch from a loving home to a household dominated by his abusive stepfather.
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Gerald is only three years old when his mama leaves him alone in the house while she visits her drug dealer. He finds the hot thing she uses to light her cigarettes and in no time, the house is ablaze. Mama is sent to prison, and Gerald goes to live with his Aunt Queen. When he turns nine, Gerald unhappily learns that his mama is being released from jail and wants her son back. Suddenly, he must switch from a loving home to a household dominated by his abusive stepfather. When Gerald learns a terrible secret about his stepfather and the half-sister he has grown to love, he'll have to find the courage to do what's right. Author Sharon M. Draper, a National Teacher of the Year Award winner, tackles tough issues like physical and sexual child abuse. Thomas Penny's empathetic narration makes Forged by Fire and unforgettable listening experience.

©1997 Sharon M. Draper; (P)2002 Recorded Books,LLC

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    Donna Escondido, CA, United States 04-29-11
    Donna Escondido, CA, United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Forged By Fire"

    This is a very good book. But parents beware it has some pretty graphic stuff on molestation and child abuse. My 11 year old said it was one of the best books he read and scored 100% on his AR test. I listened along with him and was pretty set back by the molestation of his sister by her father and not wanting to go on with the book. The author does try to approach it in a manner that has tact for older elementary children but I would not recommend for younger children. Our school has it as 4th grade level. My opinion would be more of 7th/8th grade level. But that is only me. As I said my 11 year old said it was one of the best books he has ever read and he aced the AR it is up to you, but I suggest the parent listens to it first.

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