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4.00089605734767 out of 54.00089605734767 out of 54.00089605734767 out of 54.00089605734767 out of 54.00089605734767 out of 5 4.00 (3,348 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sharon M. Draper Narrator: Thomas Penny Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hazelwood High Trilogy Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781436188067
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torri | 2/14/2014

    " This is a great book that could be used in a middle school classroom and a high school classroom. It includes many issues that todays youth may encounter. It includes death, family struggles, figuring out who you are, and more. It is about a boy named Gerald who is thrown into a household that included difficult situations. He is determined to find a way to make it. As an adult I was completely amazed with the plot and how easy it is to relate to Gerald. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/10/2014

    " I think it was funny how Gerald's step dad died because he was an alcoholic and he deserved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aliyah | 2/8/2014

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOO MUCH!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glendic6 | 2/7/2014

    " I like this book alot because is so interesting, and because it kips me wandering what is going to hapen next. i am enjoing this book alot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhys | 1/23/2014

    " I read Forged by Fire after having it recommended to me fron Le'Jayah, it was avery quick read and I really liked it. Forged by Fire is about a boy named Gerald who is sent to live with his aunt after being left in a burning apartment by his mother at the age of four. But on his ninth birthday his mom comes for a visit proposing that Gerald live with her and her new family, an abusing husband and very fragile daughter, Angel. On that same day Geralds aunt dies of a heart attack and he is forced to live with his mother. I really enjoyed Forged by Fire because it was kind of a coming of age story and was a book that kept me reading. In fact it is part of a series and so I also read Tears of a Tiger and am going to read Darkness Before Dawn another book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelynn helmke | 1/22/2014

    " I think that it is a great book so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/7/2014

    " Forged By Fire was a great book I learned alot from this book. I know that you should never let any body put their hands on family. In the book Gerald the main character has been living with his aunt since he was a little baby because his mother was on drugs. Now as a teen Gerald's mother steps back into his life married with a daughter Gerald doesnt know what to say. The father of his sister is a molester and abuses his sister and being her brother he defends her. He takes some battle scars for defending her but in the end his step dad got what he deserved. He had to deal with the death of his friend and still carry on with his life. I didnt like the sad parts like when his aunt died the same day his mother arrived after years and the car crash that killed his friend who was headed to the nba. I made a connection with this story in my own live because I have younger siblings and I dont any man or women disrespecting or hurting them in anyway so I have a strong bond with them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathanblessing | 1/5/2014

    " Forged by Fire is a really great book. its about a boy named Gerald who gets left alone and plays with matches and accedently sets his house on fire so he gets sent to his aunts and lives there for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Umme | 12/21/2013

    " I loved the book...it was just as good as Tears of a Tiger. I think that everyone must read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorah' | 12/12/2013

    " One of the greatest books I've read. 5 Stars. Thumbs Up, Hate Down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tre | 12/2/2013

    " This book was amazing overall always keeps you thinking of whats going to happen next i truly recommend this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ifelija | 10/14/2013

    " Pranking Brian was great. Great book Sharon! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rjonezz | 9/9/2013

    " I think it was a great book, I'll read that book any day "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Grifford | 9/8/2013

    " Another good life lesson book. About family, child abuse & friendship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 3/24/2013

    " I loved this book! I read this book for a reading book in my English class, and I finished it the day after we started it! Sharon M. Draper is one of my favorite authors! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia Owens | 2/8/2013

    " Had to read to continue the series of tears of a tiger "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany Robinson | 12/26/2012

    " i think that sharon M. draper is a good author and she is very enjoyable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shyla | 12/5/2012

    " Wow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/5/2012

    " Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/18/2012

    " Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imani ♥ ☮ | 11/3/2012

    " Not the best in the Hazelwood High trilogy but it was still pretty good. Kind of sad, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitzi Moran | 7/11/2012

    " I really liked reading this book! The main character, man was he strong & independent! Good book to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/5/2012

    " This book was ok. The main character suffered through tragedy after tragedy leaving me feeling like 'are we done yet?!' Some of the tragedy seemed over done. Not sure if I would choose another book by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumn | 3/2/2012

    " Not for me, but great for kids who want a sympathetic hero who goes through every possible trauma and drama. Every chapter contains another catastrophe. 75% of the kids I talk to love this author, so she is clearly hitting a nerve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Ntemar | 12/15/2011

    " Really cool and interesting book! People should be more like Gerald. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bekah | 8/16/2011

    " I love this book its so deep and it talks about alot of things that can be reality "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 5/24/2011

    " this book is about a boys aunt who dies and he is put into a new home . He has no one to love but Angel ,and together they face the problems of an substance- abusive mother and a physically abusive step-dad . He watches out for Angel and together they over come their problems with time . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/15/2011

    " This is the follow-up to TEARS OF A TIGER, but it is really a prequel of one of the main character's life prior to the story of TEARS OF A TIGER. Really great book, and again, a great book to turn reluctant African-American kids onto reading. Actually, to turn ANY kid onto reading. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shermyra | 3/30/2011

    " this book is very sad but it's a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayla | 3/29/2011

    " This Book is very intresting. It made me look at how people situations are and how it so different. This book is also made for ages 10 too so on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doxielover367 | 3/18/2011

    " Good but the first book was better in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/16/2011

    " Great novel for a reluctant middle school reader! "

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