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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.

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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After he was almost killed in an apartment fire while his mother went to buy drugs, Gerald was raised by his aunt. Then one day, six years later, his mother returns with her new husband and Angel, Gerald's little sister. As the children grow up, it becomes more and more apparent that Angel needs Gerald's protection from her father's abuse. But who will protect Gerald? Young Adult.

About the Author

Sharon Mills Draper, born in Cleveland, Ohio, has been writing and teaching for over twenty years. She has always encouraged in her students a love of learning through literature and a respect for excellence in writing.

Her literary recognition began when, as a challenge from one of her students, she entered and won first prize in the 1991 Ebony Magazine Literary Contest, for which she was awarded $5,000 and the publication of her short story "One Small Torch." Since that time, she has had numerous poems and stories published, and is also the author of the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series of books for middle readers. Her previous novel for Atheneum, Tears of a Tiger, was critically acclaimed and the recipient of the first Coretta Scott King Genesis Award.

Active in numerous literary and educational organizations, she currently serves on the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, was one of the first teachers in the nation to achieve National Board Certification, and was recently honored at the White House for these accomplishments.

Sharon Draper often addresses educational and literary groups with entertaining readings of her poetry and novels, as well as with enlightening instructional presentations. She currently chairs the English department at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, where she still works at teaching students to write.

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haleymurrin, April 7, 2011 (view all comments by haleymurrin)
This is an amazing book. I read it all the time. I read it like a million times after I read it the first time. Anyways, I can relate to this book. I don't want to say my home life but I can relate to it. This book made me cry. I'm not going to lie on that part. No kid should have to go through this. They should have a healthy life. Those kids are there to protect each other. Those kids probably hate the parents. I would to.This book is amazing, My favorite book!
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baby_mertiz09, December 11, 2009 (view all comments by baby_mertiz09)
SHARON DRAPER IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER!.
I WOULD LOVE TO BECOME A WRITER JUST AS EXCELLENT AS HER.

THIS BOOK HAS INSPIRED ME IN SO MANY WAYS. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY PARENTS HAVE TO BE ADDICTED TO DRUGS & ABUSE THEY'RE CHILDREN. ITS ASHAME THAT GERALD HAD TO WAIT SO LONG TO TELL SOMEONE ABOUT HIS LITTLE SISTER ANGEL BEING ABUSED. BUT IM GLAD HE DID TELL SOMEONE. GERALD DID THE RIGHT THING. BUT SOME YEARS LATER GERALD'S STEDFATHER CAME BACK.=(. I ENJOYED THIS BOOK SO MUCH I ALWAYS WANT TO READ IT OVER & OVER AGAIN. I REALLY THINK THAT THIS BOOK IS GOOD FOR KIDS GROWING UP & THAT IS GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING GERALD & HIS LITTLE SISTER ANGEL WENT THROUGH.
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cuckoonest, May 25, 2009 (view all comments by cuckoonest)
I apologize to those of you who claim that this book is 'excellent', but it wasn't.

Sure, child abuse is horrible and destructive, and I don't argue with that, but couldn't the story have been presented in a far better way? Draper's work is illiterate and simple-minded. In many parts of the book, it seemed as though she'd hit a block in her mind and just wrote whatever popped up first to fill the page. The book wasn't insightful at all, as some of the other comments say - and the characters, frankly, are a bit too shallow for the book to be good. Angel = scared and depressed, constantly, and Gerald = ooh, magical hero that saves everyone!

Not really.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689806995
Author:
Draper, Sharon Mills
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Author:
Draper, Sharon Mills
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Child abuse
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Basketball
Subject:
Family - Stepfamilies
Subject:
Narcotic habit
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Stepfamilies
Subject:
Afro-Americans -- Fiction.
Subject:
People & Places - United States - African-American
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Hazelwood High Trilogy
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
January 1997
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jacket
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7 x 4.19 in 9.205 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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"Synopsis" by , After he was almost killed in an apartment fire while his mother went to buy drugs, Gerald was raised by his aunt. Then one day, six years later, his mother returns with her new husband and Angel, Gerald's little sister. As the children grow up, it becomes more and more apparent that Angel needs Gerald's protection from her father's abuse. But who will protect Gerald? Young Adult.
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