Review: Forged By Fire by Sharon M. Draper

119832Release Date: January 1st 1997

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Series: Hazelwood High #2

Reviewed In Series: Tears of a Tiger

Genres: Young-Adult/Contemporary/Realistic-Fiction/African-American/Cultural/Drama

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 4 Stars

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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, whom he struggles to protect from her father, Jordan Sparks, who abuses her, and from their mother, whose irresponsible behavior forces Gerald to work hard to keep the family together. As a teenager, Gerald finds success as a member of the Hazelwood Tigers basketball team, while Angel develops her talents as a dancer. Trouble still haunts them, however, and Gerald learns, painfully, that young friends can die and old enemies must be faced. In the end he must stand up to his stepfather alone in a blazing confrontation.

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Review: Tears of a Tiger by Sharon M. Draper

119838Release Date: February 1st 1996

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Series: Hazelwood High #1

Reviewed In Series: Forged By Fire

Genres: Young-Adult/Realistic Fiction/African-American

Format: Paperback (180 pages)

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 5 Stars

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After a car accident kills Robert, Andy’s best friend and teammate on the Hazelwood High Tigers, Andy doesn’t know if he can go on. He’s consumed with guilt for driving the night of the accident after a long evening of drinking and partying. With perceptiveness and compassion, Sharon M. Draper portrays an African-American teenager who feels driven to consider suicide in the wake of a devastating tragedy.

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