Mass Market Paperbound
160 pages, 7 × 4.19 × 0.6 in
January 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0689818513
ISBN - 13: 9780689818516
About the Book
Fascinated by fire as a child, Gerald accidentally ignited his apartment and was sent to the home of his favorite aunt. Now he’s back with his mom--where flames once again determine his future. The explosive sequel to "Tears of a Tiger."
Read from the Book
Chapter One "If you don't sit your stinkin', useless butt back down in that shopping cart, I swear I'll bust your greasy face in!" she screamed at the three-year-old in front of her. He studied her face, decided she was serious, and put his leg back inside the cart. He was standing near the front end of the cart, amidst an assorted pile of cigarette boxes, egg cartons, and pop bottles. He didn't want to sit down anyway because of the soft, uncomfortable load in his pants, which had been there all afternoon and which felt cold and squishy when he moved too much. He rarely had accidents like that, but when he did, Mama sometimes made him keep it in his pants all day to "teach him a lesson." Gerald was only three, but he had already learned many such lessons. He'd never seen Sesame Street, never heard of Riverfront Stadium-he didn't even know he lived in Cincinnati. But he knew the important things-like never mess with Mama when she was in bed-Mama got really mad when you woke her up, especially if she had somebody in bed with her. And never touch the hot thing that Mama used to light her cigarettes, even if the mysterious orangeand-blue fire that comes out of it liked to tease you and dance for only a moment before running away. Mama had once caught Gerald playing with the lighter, and she made the fire come out and she held his hand right over the flame. It wasn't his friendly fire dancer, though, but a cruel red soldier that made his hand scream and made him dizzy with pain
From the Publisher
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.
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.
From Our Editors
The explosive sequel to "Tears of a Tiger" finds Gerald moving back in with his mother, little sister, and step-father. Fascinated by fire as a child, he accidentally ignited his apartment and was sent to the loving home of his favorite aunt. Now he's back with his mom--where flames once again determine his future.
“With non-stop excitement, this is well-written, easy to read, and possibly an inspiration for anyone trapped in family situations involving child abuse or domestic violence.”