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Forged by Fire

By: Sharon M. Draper
Narrated by: Thomas Penny
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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A big story in a little book

Loved the book/story although tragic. Loved the narration. There was a lot going on in that short book.
Well done. Medals well deserved.

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Excellent Book

Beware… it’s gruesome and graphic, but it’s so gripping. I was full of tears and furry the whole time!

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The topic will hold me back from giving to kids

This book kept me reading just so I can figure out if the person got justice but I feel this book covers a lot of topics I wish my child never experiences. I also would be hesitant to give it to kids unless I know their parents have had certain conversation about safe touch.

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Worth the read/listen everytime!

I love this book it’s a classic in my eyes in the world of books

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Karma is a bihhh

Great story overall because most of us have experienced abuse in some form and can relate whether that's 1st hand or 3rd party which is usually someone very close that you may care for and at the end of the day we all are just simply protectors who want the people we love safe. My only complaint would be the narrator to be honest if you want more readers to praise this good book maybe get female voices to actually sell all the emotions and feelings instead of males trying to duplicate that same energy!!!

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I like the story

I read this book in high school I had to read it again. it's a good story

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Great YA Read

This trilogy was highly recommended by some young adults. As an ELA teacher, I wanted to have an idea of thia writer's style. With 2 down and 2 to go, I am impressed. This book was typical but the first one had an unexpected twist!

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good

I read this for school, I really liked it. deals with some tough stuff though.

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good book

good book i really liked it. i was sad but had some happy part portect the ones you love.