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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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Sharon M. Draper has interwoven characters and events from her previous novel, Tears of a Tiger, in this unflinchingly realistic portrayal of poverty and child abuse. It is an inspiring story of a young man who rises above the tragic circumstances of his life by drawing on the love and strength of family and friends.

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Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.

Synopsis:

A gritty, powerful debut that evokes The Outsiders. You won't be able to look away.

High school senior Jason knows how to take a punch. Living with an abusive father will teach a kid that. But hes also learned how to hit back, earning a reputation at school that ensures no one will mess with him. Even so, all Jason truly wants is to survive his father long enough to turn eighteen, take his younger sister, Janie, and run away.

Then one day, the leader of the in crowd at school, Michael, offers to pay Jason to hang out with him. Jason figures Michael simply wants to be seen with someone with a tough rep and that the money will add up fast, making Jasons escape plan a reality. Plus, theres Michaels girl, Cyndra, who looks at Jason as if she sees something behind his false smile. As Jason gets drawn deeper into Michaels game, the money keeps flowing, but the stakes grow ever more dangerous. Soon, even Jasons fists and his ability to think on his feet arent enough to keep his head above water.

Still Waters is an intense, gritty thriller that pulls no punches—yet leaves you rooting for the tough guy. A powerful, dynamic debut.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

 

Synopsis:

Will Gerald find the courage to stand up to his stepfather?

When his loving aunt dies, Gerald suddenly is thrust into a new home filled with anger and abuse. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes Gerald miserable, and the only light in his grim life is Angel, his young stepsister. Gerald and Angel grow close as he strives to protect her from Jordan, his abusive stepfather, and from their substance-addicted mother. But Gerald learns, painfully, that his post can't be extinguished, and that he must be strong enough to face Jordan in a final confrontation, once and for all....

About the Author

SHARON M. DRAPER has been writing and teaching for more than twenty years. Her first novel, Tears of a Tiger, received the first Coretta Scott King Genesis Award. Currently chair of the English department at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, she was recently honored as the 1997 National Teacher of the Year. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Lauren9898, March 30, 2011 (view all comments by Lauren9898)
I was assigned this book and I am so glad I read it. It was one of the books that I couldn't put down. I do agree with the comment that says there is too much time passing in too short time but over all it didn't make much of a difference. I think it is really sad to think all those things could really happen to that family in real life. But it makes you think that if you were going through the abuse or even watching the abuse being done what would you do and how? I think it is a great book for ages 10 or 11 and up. I would recommend this book to you!
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DayDayL121, April 8, 2010 (view all comments by DayDayL121)
i think this book is great.....my teacher Mr.Sopko gave me this book thinking i would like it and he was wrong i loved it.......im not really a reader but i love to read this book......this book is my favorite because if kids are goin through what Gerald and Angel are going through this is a great book to tell them what to do if they dont know what to do.......so if your being abused in anyway dont keep it a secret tell someone you trust to help you and they will.......and if people dont like this book i dont care i think this is a great book and i love it:D
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ghettoqueensmami, April 30, 2007 (view all comments by ghettoqueensmami)
wow!! im really not a reader but when my teacher reccomended this book i really enjoyed it! It touched my heart!! Im a type of girl who is real and always caring bout everyone and to kno that Gerald from Forged by Fire was i really loved the book!! Sharon M. Draper i think you are a really good writer keep on writing books because i will love to read them anytime!!! knowing that they are the only books i have been reading!!! much love!! thanx for becoming such a good writer!! muahz!! lil cherii
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689818516
Author:
Draper, Sharon Mills
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Author:
Draper, Sharon M.
Author:
Parsons, Ash
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
Social Situations - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Family - Stepfamilies
Subject:
Narcotic habit
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Stepfamilies
Subject:
Afro-Americans -- Fiction.
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Social Issues - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Physical and Emotional Abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Situations / Physical & Emotional Abuse
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Series:
Hazelwood High Trilogy
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c cvr
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 320 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689818516 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A gritty, powerful debut that evokes The Outsiders. You won't be able to look away.

High school senior Jason knows how to take a punch. Living with an abusive father will teach a kid that. But hes also learned how to hit back, earning a reputation at school that ensures no one will mess with him. Even so, all Jason truly wants is to survive his father long enough to turn eighteen, take his younger sister, Janie, and run away.

Then one day, the leader of the in crowd at school, Michael, offers to pay Jason to hang out with him. Jason figures Michael simply wants to be seen with someone with a tough rep and that the money will add up fast, making Jasons escape plan a reality. Plus, theres Michaels girl, Cyndra, who looks at Jason as if she sees something behind his false smile. As Jason gets drawn deeper into Michaels game, the money keeps flowing, but the stakes grow ever more dangerous. Soon, even Jasons fists and his ability to think on his feet arent enough to keep his head above water.

Still Waters is an intense, gritty thriller that pulls no punches—yet leaves you rooting for the tough guy. A powerful, dynamic debut.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

 

"Synopsis" by , Will Gerald find the courage to stand up to his stepfather?

When his loving aunt dies, Gerald suddenly is thrust into a new home filled with anger and abuse. A brutal stepfather with a flaming temper and an evil secret makes Gerald miserable, and the only light in his grim life is Angel, his young stepsister. Gerald and Angel grow close as he strives to protect her from Jordan, his abusive stepfather, and from their substance-addicted mother. But Gerald learns, painfully, that his post can't be extinguished, and that he must be strong enough to face Jordan in a final confrontation, once and for all....

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