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Jackson is aggressive, confrontational and often volatile. His mother, Kayla, is crippled with grief after tragically losing her husband and eldest son. 

Struggling to cope, she puts Jackson into foster care. Cathy, his carer, encourages Jackson to talk about what has happened to his family, but he just won’t engage. His actions continue to test and worry everyone. 

Then, in a dramatic turn of events, the true reason for Jackson’s behaviour comes to light....

©2020 Cathy Glass (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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great book

i love cathy glass books I can't wait for the next one great story love follow her family to

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  • 24-02-2021

Excellent book, wonderfully narrated

As always Cathy Glass doesn’t disappoint. This book had me tears, both happy and sad, and sucked me right into their world. Danika Fairman is the perfect narrator for these books. I can’t wait for Cathy’s next book.

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  • Brittany
  • 02-03-2021

Wonderful as always

Another amazing book by Cathy Glass. I have yet to find a fostering story of hers I haven’t liked.
Danica Fairman is by far my most favorite narrator out of all the books I’ve listened too...and I have listened to MANY!

Cathy often talks about her home in her books. It might be kind of strange of me but I often think about what her house looks like. Although she describes her surroundings well, “kitchen come diner” or “landing outside the bedrooms” I wish we could see a layout of her home.

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  • Erica
  • 27-02-2021

Never a disappointment.

I have read/ listened to all of Cathy's bills and they are never a disappointment (unless you count the disappointed feeling when you're done). You really feel like you know her, her family, and the kids. Coming from a family that has done foster care for years I can say that these stories are so real and so touching. I don't think people realize how much of a difference a good Foster carer makes even if it's a short stay. Cathy shows that with every single book. So much love!!

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  • Dana Serna
  • 28-02-2021

Wonderful as usual.

I grab every single book by Cathy Glass. Coming from a dysfunctional set of parents, I always find comfort in her kind, caring demeanor. Denica narrates so wonderfully with her soothing voice.
My sincerest condolences to Cathy on her loss.

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  • JRC
  • 22-05-2021

Boring

Just mundane, day to day activities and no real exciting or suspenseful plot. It was a sad story, but it just wasn’t exciting. I kept listening waiting for it to get better, but it never did.

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  • Amanda Nolder
  • 28-03-2021

Wonderful

I have read all the books written by Cathy Glass and this is my favorite one. It’s a tear jerker for sure!

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  • Sarah L G
  • 26-02-2021

Sad

This book is sad but I loved it as I love all books by this author. I knew someone would die in the book and I successfully guessed who, but that didn't detract from the book. This was another great story from my favorite foster care author.

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  • momm243
  • 25-02-2021

Cathy always has wonderful stories

I've listened to many of Cathy Glass' books and she never ceases to amaze me, on how loving and kind she is even when most carers would give up.

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  • Carlie
  • 22-02-2021

Another great book

Yet again Cathy Glass has written a brilliant book. Filled with several twists and turns, enough to keep me reading almost non-stop until I had finished it. The ending comes rather suddenly and is upsetting in a number of ways. Well done Cathy, you are doing a wonderful job both with your writing and fostering. Big thanks to the narrator as well, I rather like when the same narrator does all the books from the one author, and all of Cathy's books are narrated just right.

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  • 20-07-2021

Amazing true life story

Real life but very sad, wonderful Foster carer with such a positive, caring attitude any child in the care system would be lucky to live with Cathy Glass. Please keep writing, looking forward to the next book.

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  • Em ma
  • 26-11-2021

fab as always

another fab listen! the heartbreaking losses not just for jackson but cathy too touched my heart😢


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  • Lynn meldrum
  • 23-11-2021

Another fantastic read

As usua cathy glass tells her story with such heartfelt words. The story is Jackson is so sad but he is so lucky to have been placed with cathy and her family. And what I loved about this book is that his teacher plays a big part in helping him. Not enough credit goes to these people on childrens loves. They not only teach but they can also be such a massive help.

Cathy you really are an outstanding woman and your family are incredible. Can’t wait for you next book.

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  • Matthew Logan
  • 19-10-2021

Yet another amazing book by Cathy Glass

amazing book, a lot of moments where your heart is in your mouth and very well read.

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  • Damian
  • 24-09-2021

Tissues are needed

This book is far the best and amazing, very sad to, I have cried many times listening to this story. Especially the ending got me going

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  • 801
  • 17-07-2021

Heart breaking

Get the tissues ready for this tear jerker 😭 absolutely heartbreaking, even more so because its a true story

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  • Sally
  • 23-06-2021

beautiful

Like all Cathy's books this was again so moving. following on Tillys story and also then Jackson's which was heart-wrenching. I'd like to add to anyone who disbelieves these stories or that Cathy's even a foster carer, you are 100% wrong. Having spoken with Cathy many times, you are so very wrong. This is a real woman, giving a real-life account. so please stop disbelieving her.

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  • Amanda
  • 31-05-2021

brilliant book

loved it so sad at the end couldn't put it down had to keep listening to fantastic book






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  • Melody
  • 12-04-2021

amazing story as ever

Kathy glass is a phenomenal writer and love all of her books definitely recommend reading

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-2021

Another brilliant book

I love reading and listening too cathy glass books I am slowly making my way through them the work you do for children and their families is incredible

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