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Sharon Draper has indeed forged a fiery name for herself in the field of young adult literature--that of a courageous writer, willing to tackle tough, real-life problems while developing honorable, streetwise role models for troubled teens. Her previous novel, Tears of the Tiger, garnered much acclaim and became the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King Genesis Award. In this second novel, Draper weaves in characters from Tears--most significantly Gerald Nickleby, a young basketball player who discovers his innate strength and determination while protecting his stepsister's safety and his mother's honor.
Unfortunately, Draper's strengths (her desire to delve into tough social issues, such as child abuse, drug addiction, incest, bulimia, and domestic violence) become this book's weakness as the story line teeters on implausible. For example, in less than 20 pages Gerald faces the following: the death of a close friend (a passenger in a car that was driven by a drunk teammate); the discovery of his drunk, evil stepfather trying to sexually assault his younger stepsister; a brutal attack by his stepfather; and a raging apartment fire that threatens to kill them all. Nonetheless, Draper creates believable and important heroes for teenage boys--those who are forged from adversity, only to burn more brightly and courageous. (Ages 12 and older) --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
This prequel to Draper's Tears of a Tiger is a stark portrayal of a young man struggling to protect his little sister from a drug-addicted mother and an abusive father. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
I read this back in July of 2012. I love this book it's definitely a 5 star. And if I could read this book back over I would.Published 29 days ago by Cassie
This book is just too sad for words I had to read it back in middle school and it was just too sad. I do NOT recommend it. Peter SmithPublished 1 month ago by Peter Smith
My reluctant readers love the whole trilogy, but this one is usually their favorite! Fast-paced and emotional from beginning to end!Published 2 months ago by Kif Corcoran
Great books and came just in time for my niece to receive them.Published 3 months ago by Kamisha E.
There are much better books out there and I do not recommend this book for young readers.
I remember feeling traumatized reading this book in high school (both by this... Read more
Best book ever but there was a lot of dead people I think kids 12 and up would like it if you hate people dying don't read this book at all I didn't like the people dying except... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Teresa Christiansen
My rating is five stars because the boo I was shocked when I got to the end of a chapter or the beginning of a chapterPublished 5 months ago by Mahalia Marie Morris