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Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)
Forged by fire / by Sharon M. Draper
1st pbk. ed
New York : Simon Pulse, 1998
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Juvenile/1st Flr  jPN.Drap4F6 1998    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Child abuse -- Juvenile fiction
Stepfamilies -- Juvenile fiction
Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Abusive parents -- Juvenile fiction
African American teenage boys -- Juvenile fiction
Physical Description 156 p. ; 18 cm
Note Companion volume to: Tears of a tiger
Originally published in 1997
Summary Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved. "Gerald Nickelby, a minor character in 'Tears of a Tiger' (1994), emerges full-fledged and courageous in this companion story. His stable life with a firm but loving aunt (who is caring for him while his mother serves a prison sentence for child neglect) is shattered when his mother returns to claim him on his ninth birthday. With her is a young daughter, Angel, to whom Gerald is drawn, and her husband, Jordan, whom Gerald instinctively dislikes. When Gerald learns that Jordan is sexually abusing Angel, he risks physical assault and public embarrassment to rescue her. Although written in a more conventional form than the earlier novel, the dialogue is still convincing, and the affection between Angel and Gerald rings true. With so much tragedy here (the car crash and death of Gerald's friend Rob in Tears are again recounted, though Draper, thankfully, stops before Andy Jackson's suicide), there is some danger of overloading the reader. Nevertheless, Draper faces some big issues (abuse, death, drugs) and provides concrete options and a positive African American role model in Gerald." - Booklist Review
Awards Coretta Scott King Award, author, 1998
Series Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills). Hazelwood High trilogy

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