- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 724 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (7 December 2010)
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004A90BYC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 78 customer ratings
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Her literary recognition began when, as a challenge from one of her students, she entered and won first prize in the 1991 Ebony magazine Literary Contest, for which she was awarded $5,000 and the publication of her short story "One Small Torch." That story is now chapter one of Forged by Fire. She is also the author of the Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs series of books for middle readers. Her first novel for Atheneum, Tears of a Tiger, was the recipient of the first Coretta Scott King Genesis Award, and her second novel, Forged by Fire, won the Coretta Scott King Award for 1997.
When asked to describe herself, Mrs. Draper replies: "I'm a dreamer, a creator, a visionary. I approach the world with the eyes of an artist, the ears of a musician, and the soul of a poet. I see rainbows where others see only rain, and possibilities when others see only problems. I love to write; words flow easily from my fingertips, and my heart beats rapidly with excitement as an idea becomes a reality on the paper in front of me. I use all of these elements to encourage my students as well as myself. I'm a learner and a seeker of knowledge, and I take my students along on my journey. I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This was a pretty good spin on the original Shakespeare play. It had enough similarities to make it clear that it was a spinoff of Romeo And Juliet, but not so many that it was copying Shakespeare. The story is about two kids who become lovers, but the local gang doesn't want the two to be together because of their different races. Julio comes up with a plan to expose the gang, but things go very wrong when the plan doesn't go exactly the way they wanted and the couple ends up in big trouble. I thought it was a good story, and well based off of Shakespeare's classic love story. I'd recommend this for middle schoolers who have already read Romeo And Juliet, as it will make more sense to those who have already read the original.
Enjoyed the added pieces of Destiny with Ben, written at a time of early internet use (chatrooms are almost classic cult now) the fact that main characters needed to meet in person for the relationship to develop speaks volumes today!
I appreciate the reference to Shakespeare's original and the need to culminate into a unique yet happy end for a hopeful message to its young readers and to the young at heart.
The novel begins with Romiette having a nightmare and Julio's first day of school. Julio and his family moved from Corpus Christi, Texas. On his first day, he goes to school angry about the move and ends up punching out Ben who becomes Julio's best friend. Throughout the story, Ben, Julio, Romiette, and Romiette's best friend, Destiny, have to deal with the local gang called the Devildogs because of Romiette and Julio's relationship and racial differences. To find out more please read the book! In my own opinion, "Romiette and Julio" is the BEST version of the Shakespeare's story!