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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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By dctoo on 04-29-11

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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By Lord Han moreno on 02-18-17

A book I used to read when I was in middle school

I finally had the audacity to buy this audible. The reason is I have perfect memory to which I want to accomplish by reading books that I use to read when I was in middle school. This was one of them that I have read during middle school. I am currently in a university school and my gosh listening to this audiobook made me go to the past of middle school when I used to read a lot of books especially Sharon Draper books. I want to accomplish by reading the series of this book and as well copper sun. Also remind myself that I want to re-read my middle school books as I did when I first pick up these books. I just had that feeling to go to the past of my middle school.

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