Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Story Books
Forged by Fire

Forged by Fire

1997 Story Books
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Sharon M. Draper
ISBN: 068980699X
Hardcover Price: $16.00
After his guardian aunt dies, Gerald is reclaimed by his mother who lives with an abusive man. Gerald can bear it for himself but not for his littlehalf-sister, Angel. Here are children living with real abuse-as many children are-yet trying to cope and even enjoying an occasional modicum of happiness.

This book is not for everyone. Dealing with sexual abuse at the youngest reader level yet, this is a well-written, powerful, "You are not alone" book. The most alone of youngsters need to find this book with its helpful list of phone numbers at the end.

Selma G. Lanes   ©1997 Parents' Choice

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