Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper

forged by fireThe main character in this story is stuck in a scary situation. He has decide whether has ready to stand up to his step dad in the final battle. A boy moving back in with his mother after his aunt dies after 8 years has a conflict between his dope-head mother’s new boyfriend and younger sisters father, who also beats and molest his younger sister. This book reminds me or a old friend who used to get beat big his stepfather. It also reminds me of the movie me of the movie Precious who was getting beat by her insure Mother. This book is because it shows the struggle in real life households through the book. I thought the book had a steady pace of excitement and I constantly wanted more. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like dramas.

Recommended by Marcus B.


No Home by Jill Haney

no homeRecommended by Aseani M. (winner of Jimmy Johns)

“Tom wants a home.But he had to runaway.His dad hit him.His mom drank too much.”This book is about a boy name Eddie who wants a home.His dad lost his job and couldn’t pay rent.Eddie had to live in his dad’s car.Then they are looking for some food.This book No Home reminds me of my auntie when she ran away from home because her mom hit her and she came to my house and I let her stay at my house for 5 days.This book made me feel sad because they don’t have a home.I felt like it was going to be me.I almost shot a tear but I wiped it.I thought No Home was going to start out small but the story started off big. If I could rate this book out of 5 stars I would rate this with 5 stars.

The Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff

the death of jayson porter book coverRecommended by Makala R. (winner Dominos)

Living in the inland Florida Projects with his abusive mother, he tries unsuccessfully to fit in at his predominantly white school, while struggling to maintain even a thread of a relationship with his drug-addicted father. Jayson Porter is dying in the inside of the physical abuse caused by his mother. His mother shows TOUGH love, and she doesn’t want him to do WRONG. Jayson wants to get out of the situation, or he has another option….”The Death of Jayson Porter” reminds me of “Woman Thou Art Loosed” because both are about abuse. The thing that makes “The Death of Jayson Porter” unique is that Jayson never backed down from his abuse, and that made him stronger every day. I thought “The Death of Jayson Porter” started out interesting, because the author starts by describing his life. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars. You should read this book if you like realistic fiction or urban fiction books.

Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper

forged-by-fireRecommended by Marlon L.

Do you like reading about kids going through hard times? In this book a kid named Gerald lives with his aunt who dies. So now he has to move in with his mom who he hasn’t seen in forever. The only good thing he gets out of living with his mom is that he meets his little sister. This book reminds of a movie called “Mister and Pete,” because it also had kids going through hard times. This book is unique because it only takes a strong kid to go through so much and make it. I think you should read this book because its can teach you things about life.

When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune by Lori Aurelia Williams

kambiaRecommended by Genesis T.

“Once your words fly out of your mouth, you sometimes can’t control whether they fly straight or crooked, Grandma Augustine says. “They can get bent in the strangest ways.” Grandma Augustine says that the only way to straighten out bad words is to keep making good ones until you say what you need to say to who you need to say it to.”

― Lori Aurelia Williams, When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune

In the novel  When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune you’ll meet a twelve year old girl named Shayla who has a knack for reading and writing; you’ll also meet her family and a new girl who moves next door to Shalya and quickly becomes her best friend. You will see them go through all of their struggles and learn that many secrets are being kept in this tight knit community. I give the novel a 4 out of 5 review. It is a great story for young adults, keeps you engaged. The story is very sad but the author writes it beautifully to cover the blow of abuse and trauma in the story. Overall its a good book but you may shed a tear or two.

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

brusierRecommended by Markell L.

Have you ever felt others people pain physically and mentally ? Brusier is about a boy named Brewster who is a loner people think he’s a little awkward cause he acts different form everyone else they call him brusier . Brewster and his little brother live with there Uncle Hoyt who is a drunk and get really abusive and over protective when he gets drunk. Also , Brewster has a girlfriend named Bronte . Bronte has a brother who also makes fun of Brewster but later on in the book some ironic happens . Brewster gets scared physically and mentally that he shouldnt be getting because its not him actually supposed to be taking the pain but he care that much that he takes all of his loved ones pain when he’s around. This book is unique because you would think a certain thing would happen and another thing happens it ironic in a good way ! This is a good book that i think alot of people would want to read it . This book was an attention grabber when i first started reading it . i would rate this book 5 stars

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

Recommended by N’Kyah F

Being abused is never easy. What are your thoughts about abandoned and abused children? A Child Called “It”, is about a boy who is nothing but abused and abandoned by his drunken mother. His mother cares nothing about him. All he wants is to be loved and cared for. and free of his mother’s presence forever. This book reminds me of Annie. It reminds me of Annie because they are both innocent little children who just want a mothers love without having to go through all the hardships and torture of their owners.This book is unique because it is so raw. I’ve never read a book that’s so raw and in the flesh. The whole time I read the book i felt as if I were physically in the story. The book starts off very interesting. It will have you all in from beginning to end. I rate this book 5 stars out of 5. You should read this book if you like Realistic Fiction and or true story.