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Cruel to Be Kind is the true story of Max, age six. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes.

Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn't the only one in denial; his whole family are, too.

©2017 Cathy Glass (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Joy
  • 18-01-2018

A++

Cathy Glass is an inspiration. She is a miracle worked in the life of these kids and alot of time the parents of the kids she cares for. I never expected this story to end like it did but sad as it was the kids were and will be okay thanks to her and other kind ppl like her.

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  • Kevster
  • 15-06-2018

simple interesting. honest.

The performance was fabulous. The story is interesting. it's a good read that will tug at your heart. very enlightening about obesity and fostering children.

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  • Aubrey
  • 16-05-2018

a delight as always

cathy is my hero another great one for the books she tells her stories in a way you just can't put down

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  • Susie
  • 29-09-2017

Could not put it down

Enjoyed it. Max story interested me. Glad did so well. Want to read more of Cathy Glass books and see how Max and his sisters and family do.

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  • gina
  • 18-09-2017

amazing

like always Kathy's books are amazing once you start reading them you can't put it down this one is just as great as all her other ones keep them coming

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  • Alexandria J.
  • 16-09-2017

Another great book by Cathy!

Fell in love with her passion for children years ago and still get excited when a new book is about to be released! Finished in just over a day - thanks for another fantastic book Cathy!!

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  • Marcia B.
  • 15-09-2017

Good foster care story with gripping tale

Cathy Glass tells of a challenging foster care story in England. She takes on an intellectual young boy who is obese and has a mother resistant to changing his situation. The troubles of the family interfere with Cathy's attempts to help the boy in many ways. An interesting riveting read. Recommended.

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  • Randi shelton
  • 08-09-2017

Excellent and very timely

Another excellent book by Cathy Glass!

It's a very well-written and timely story about a little boy who is morbidly obese and his family. Max comes to live with Cathy and her family when his mother is hospitalized with complications from type II diabetes. Cathy's fostering of Max gets off to a bad start when she receives a threatening phone call from Max's mother before his arrival. No one mentions Max's obesity, and Cathy and her family are understandably shocked when they meet Max for the first time. The social worker refuses to acknowlege it, and when Cathy proposes small changes, she's told to leave things as they are. It's not until he has a medical appointment as part of the precess of coming into care, that Cathy is given the go ahead to help Max to begin to lose weight and thus live a more normal life- something he wants for himself.

As the story progresses, the rest of the family gradually warms to Cathy and accepts what she's doing for Max. His three sisters, who also struggle with obesity, also try the program Max is using.

As the book goes on, we learn about Max's mother's terrible childhood and come to understand why she's the way she is -- angry, distant, and we learn why she withholds affection from her children. I found myself liking her and Max's three sisters and cheering them on.

As with many of the books Cathy Glass has written, this one will stay with me for a long time. Sadly, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S. as well. Thank you for sharing Max's story with us, ands always telling it so well.

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  • suzanne
  • 05-04-2018

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Was such an interesting story but hated the narrators voice
Was very dull and monotone

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  • anna abimbola
  • 22-02-2018

Heartwarming

This story was heartwarming and tragic the little boy growing up to be this grown man made me a cry

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  • Eliza
  • 07-12-2017

A nice short story padded out by tedious detail.

This author has a serious case of total recall... Far too much really really boring detail with quite a few unnecessary explanations, and little health and safety lectures on the side.

Essentially this is a very tedious telling of a nice little story. I had to listen to the end to find out what happened to Max, but it was really hard going.

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  • linda chenapa
  • 14-07-2018

Brilliant?

Couldn't wait to listen to what was going to happen next to Max and his family

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  • Anne Callender
  • 09-07-2018

Amazing

It's an amazing story well told sad in paced but glad it turned out well

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  • Alison Eccles
  • 05-07-2018

cruel to be kind

amazing book I love Cathy glass I will be downloading more books thankyou so much

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  • Revs
  • 23-06-2018

what a story!

what a great story full of happy moments and sad moments. I must admit it made me cry a bit
what a wonderful women Cathy is

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  • Jacqueline
  • 04-01-2018

brilliant

I loved this book. You're taken in an emotional journey. Cathys care and compassion shines through.

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  • keeley c.
  • 13-11-2017

another amazing story from Cathy glass

loved it as I do all her books thankyou again so so much cathy glass

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  • Mr
  • 06-11-2017

excellent book

excellent book made me cry at the end well done Cathy can't wait for the next one