Forged by Fire is a realistic fiction novel written by Sharon M. Draper in It's the second book in the Hazelwood High Trilogy. It received the Coretta Scott. Forged by Fire book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by fire. But fire is da. The flame of love burns bright in the second book of Sharon M. Draper's award- winning Hazelwood High trilogy. When Gerald was a child he was fascinated by .

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Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper - The flame of love burns bright in the second book of Sharon M. Draper's award-winning Hazelwood High trilogy. Forged by Fire includes contact information for the National Child Abuse Hotline and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Do you think your books have. Mama had once caught Gerald playing with the lighter, and she made the fire come out and she held his hand right over the flame. It wasn't his friendly fire.

Jordan is sentenced to six years in prison for child molestation.

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The story progresses to high school where Gerald is on the basketball team, and Angel is a dancer. Jordan returns from prison and tries to act like he's a changed man, but on the side is drugging up Gerald's mother.

After Jordan comes home drunk and attempts to rape Angel, who had set some food on the stove before doing so which eventually caused a fire, Gerald comes home and fights Jordan. After the fire burns, Jordan dies and Angel and Gerald are with their mother again, they look forward to the new life ahead of them.

Main characters[ edit ] Gerald Nickelby - The main protagonist of the story. Armed with a troubled past, Gerald is a character who does not think his life is worth living for. Late in the book, he vows to protect his little sister, literally and figuratively saying she is one of the only sources of happiness in his life. Gerald is also a basketball player, one of the best on his team.

In addition, he also has his teammates, mostly his friends, to look forward to.

Angel Sparks- Gerald's younger half sister in the family. She was born when Monique was in jail for the fire. Her father and grandmother abused her in Atlanta.

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She loves to sing, dance, and loves her older brother, who she sees as her protector. In the story, she is molested by her father numerous times, to the anger of Gerald.

Angel is also seen as the voice of reason in certain parts of the story, giving useful insight to the situations she and her older brother are in.

In addition, she loves her cat named Tiger, who she got for Christmas. Jordan Sparks - The main antagonist of the story. The husband of Monique, who abuses Gerald, molests and rape Angel, and scream and hit his wife.

Forged by Fire

After being arrested and charged for child molestation, Jordan is released and stays at the apartment, and act like he's changed. He is burned alive and killed after the whole apartment burns down, prior to his fight with Gerald.

Monique Sparks- Gerald's mother. Abused drugs and Gerald anytime she was high. She often enforced and imparted horrible messages and punishments on Gerald when he was a child e.

When the house burned down after the lighter was left on and unattended, Monique is arrested and charged for child neglect.

However, after she is released, her personality changes, even more so once she is hit by a taxi. Her character experiences many mental changes through the story, even refusing to accept Jordan's behavior post-taxi accident. Minor characters[ edit ] Aunt Queen Marie Antoinette Lincoln - Gerald's aunt who he has to stay with for most of his childhood, from age 3 to age 9. Some of his fondest memories were made with Aunt Queen.

Aunt Queen is a woman defined by her character, though towards her exposition with the nurse showed she can be rude, her philosophy is one of kindness and love in general. She helps suppress Gerald's past memories, and the abyss of pain that follows. Aunt Queen uses a wheelchair. Robbie "Rob" Washington - Gerald's friend and closest confidant. They are also on the basketball team together.

Later in the story, one night, the friends except Gerald are out for a fun night after the basketball game, when they get into a car crash, with Rob dying, while everyone else survives. In this second novel, Draper weaves in characters from Tears --most significantly Gerald Nickleby, a young basketball player who discovers his innate strength and determination while protecting his stepsister's safety and his mother's honor. Unfortunately, Draper's strengths her desire to delve into tough social issues, such as child abuse, drug addiction, incest, bulimia, and domestic violence become this book's weakness as the story line teeters on implausible.

For example, in less than 20 pages Gerald faces the following: Nonetheless, Draper creates believable and important heroes for teenage boys--those who are forged from adversity, only to burn more brightly and courageous.

Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper

Ages 12 and older --Gail Hudson Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Internment Samira Ahmed. Long Way Down Jason Reynolds. Turtleback Books Availability: Forged by Fire Author s: Forged By Fire Author s: Thorndike Press Availability:Your reader should be able to picture the scene.

They are also on the basketball team together. How would this be described differently if the character was not three years old? See more by Sharon M.

At the end of chapter one, what assumptions or predictions might be made about Gerald? Namespaces Article Talk.

Jordan returns from prison and tries to act like he's a changed man, but on the side is drugging up Gerald's mother. He had begun it in the basement, but it was cold down there, and there was not much room, so he brought it out to the back porch, and every day after school, he hammered and nailed and pounded on it, making it the "ultimate racing machine.

Write the story for your newspaper. When Rob died, Mr.