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A book report on forged by fire

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When authorities discovered that Gerald was home by himself, he was removed from the custody of his substance-addicted mother Monique and sent to live with his aunt. While living with his Aunt, Queen, Gerald is happy.

  1. What do you think she would say to them at the height of their problems with Jordan and Monique?
  2. Would those predictions be the same if chapter one is read only as a short story that ends with Gerald, curled up behind the sofa, and seeing "colors with his eyes closed? When authorities discovered that Gerald was home by himself, he was removed from the custody of his substance-addicted mother Monique and sent to live with his aunt.
  3. When he had almost reached the bottom of the hill, he turned the rudder to slow himself, but instead of slowing his progress, the rudder came off! A number of the teens have to deal with some very extreme home-life situations, as in Gerald's case.
  4. Forged by Fire is a fast-paced coming-of-age story. Gerald crawled under the table then, flicking the lighter over and over again to light the way for GI Joe.

After his aunt dies when he is nine, his mother returns but now she has a new husband, Jordan, and a daughter, Angel. Gerald goes to live with them, but he soon learns that all is not well. Jordan works sporadically and is abusive towards Angel and Monique.

Forged by Fire

Monique does not stand up to Jordan--in fact she spends most of her time trying to please him. Jordan's abusive behavior towards Angel is a constant source of distress for Gerald.

  • Discuss the character of Aunt Queen;
  • Explain how is fire an important image in the novel, starting with the first chapter and ending with the concluding action between Jordan and Gerald;
  • How might the story have included a broader base of society to demonstrate that the problem of abuse is found in all social and economic levels?

Even with these problems at home, Gerald has become an accomplished basketball player on the high school team. He is able to seek the counsel of the father of one of his teammates. The strength he gains from his friends and the advice from a caring adult help Gerald navigate his way through the difficulties he faces at home.

  • At the end of chapter one, what assumptions or predictions might be made about Gerald?
  • Draper creates a story that is gripping and gritty;
  • Is Jordan's punishment realistic or not true in many states?
  • How does the death of Robert Washington affect Gerald and Angel?

This book takes us into the life of an at-risk young man trying to do the right thing. Many of the adults he knows are negligent and abusive, but Gerald is determined to protect his little sister and himself.

  1. Discuss the character of Angel. Gerald is a kid with a troubled past and a troubled future.
  2. Discuss how realistic the lives of Gerald and Angel are portrayed and how they can become a voice for young readers who are afraid to speak out. How realistic do you think Monique's reaction is?
  3. Investigate the recent laws concerning those who are convicted of child abuse or domestic violence. Discuss the character of Aunt Queen.

He frequently encounters roadblocks that attempt to throw him off the track. A number of the teens have to deal with some very extreme home-life situations, as in Gerald's case. But there are also teens in these stories who come from functional homes.

There is a balance, and there is the notion that the teens who are struggling have a safe harbor. Draper creates a story that is gripping and gritty.

Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper

She balances realism with authenticity. The voices of her teen characters are believable, and she does not demonize all of the adults, just as she does not sell short the value of the teenagers.

Forged by Fire is a fast-paced coming-of-age story. The characters are well-developed and engaging, and, although the reader may not like all of the characters, they are authentic.

  • Investigate the recent laws concerning those who are convicted of child abuse or domestic violence;
  • Call the phone numbers at the back of the book and ask where would be the best place to go to get written information;
  • This book takes us into the life of an at-risk young man trying to do the right thing;
  • There is a balance, and there is the notion that the teens who are struggling have a safe harbor;
  • What elements in the story become thematically developed themes in the novel?
  • Gerald's Aunt Queen takes him in and raises him by herself.

Draper weaves a story that is well-crafted and hard to put down.