Tears of a Tiger
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... show more
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.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: February 1st 1996
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages no: 180
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Realistic Fiction
, African American
, Sports And Games
, High School
Series: Hazelwood High (#1)
5/5 starsThat's what I remember--and that's what I'll never be able to forget.As a freshman in high school I was really depressed. I found this book in my English teacher’s room and asked to borrow it, thinking it sounded interesting. What I got was more than that. I got an experience I took with me...
This book makes me so incredibly sad. I remember reading it in the middle of the night and then just crying my eyes out for a long time. Everyone should read this book
I picked this up today while subbing in a classroom today and I just started to read it and I really enjoyed Sharon's writing. The way her chapters are broken up with voice are so different from other authors, it took some getting used to and I wasn't sure I was going to like it but then I realized ...