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Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass.

From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.

Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit.

Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what - her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

©2009 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

Critic Reviews

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." ( Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." ( The Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry." ( The Sun)
"A true tale of hope" ( OK!)
"Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that." ( First Magazine)
"A hugely touching and emotional true tale." ( Star Magazine)

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Damaged.

I cried oceans for all children who have suffered from the evils of sexual predators

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Indescribable!

It is difficult to articulate the sadness I felt for Jodie, as well as the strength showed by Cathy and her three amazing children! No to mention the anger at social services and the apathy of Jodie’s social worker! The depravity of some people is incomprehensible! Big love to Jodie, Cathy, Adrian, Lucy and Paula 🤗

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Saddest Book I've ever read

Heart felt story ever. much Love To Jodi ,I dearly hope you get well sweetheart. Cathy and children I just want to hug you all . how can anyone do that and think it's ok. may they get what they deserve!!!

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Truely heart breaking

Beyond the saddest story and life of a child I have ever heard . Worth the read

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Sad but well told!

It was a sad story but true! It was very well written - foster careers are special people

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Such betrayal

Wow what a good listen. I’m a 46 year old male who’s wife has seen cry maybe 2-3 times ever. At certain points in this book I sat on the trails edge (I listen while trail running) full of sadness, disbelief and anger and shed tears. Cathy is an angel and life saver to do what she does as a carer. Respect Cathy!

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heartbreaking

absolutely loved this book feel horrible for Jodie hope she gets justice in the future

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Incredibly raw, truthful and insightful

My mother is a foster carer and I have met and connected with many troubled children throughout my life, which made me feel prepared to tackle this novel. I wasn’t. It is currently 3:30 am and I couldn’t sleep until I knew Jodie was okay. The traumas this innocent little girl suffered broke not only my heart, but tore at the very foundations of my soul. Knowing the many complications, frustrations, trials and tribulations foster carers endure not only with the children in their care, but with the care system itself, I honestly expected this novel to be yet another glorified account of a highly functioning system with sunshine and daisies and a few rainy days in between. Instead I was impressed at the brutal truth unveiled, showing the intensity of the frustrations that every foster carer faces on a day to day basis, while also highlighting how rewarding the job can be and the importance of good foster carers and just how much difference can be made. Cathy Glass reminds me so much of my own mum and her foster carer Aunty Betty. If it weren’t for the hard word and determination of Aunty Betty my mum likely would not have been able to overcome her own traumas to become the wonderful, caring foster parent and mother she is today. Despite the tears still streaming down my face over this tragic story, I feel privileged to have had a peek through the window of one of Cathy’s precious memories and of Jodie’s life. Cathy, you are one amazing, brave woman and you should be so proud of yourself for all you have done. Your children sound incredible and so insightful and empathetic. I wish the best for young Jodie and am so glad that someone took the time to reach her and help her to become the best she can be. This book will stay in my heart and mind for a very long time to come. Also a brilliant performance by the narrator for this audiobook. Best I have come across. I wish I could give this a higher rating than five stars, because it takes some skill to write such a horrifying tale with so much emotion and insight. Thank you.

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Horrifying and Sad but Eye-Opening

Absolutely loved this book. It was such a sad story. Made me cry multiple times. I am reading Cathy Glass books as a recommendation from family to help me gain patience and knowledge on how to get me through life with my difficult step-son and I am already noticing a motivation and change that is a first for me. I will definitely read all of her books.

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So very sad

Very sad. Makes me mad how children are abused by the very people who are supposed to love them.

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  • Manuela Hernandez
  • 11-10-2018

good book

love it. very detailed.it was very sad aswell. this is my first book w audible.

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  • Alaina Johnson
  • 15-05-2018

Fabulously written but not for the faint of heart

Coming from someone that works with children with severe trauma, this story touched my heart in so many ways. It was truly a wonderful story about the pain, exhaustion and endless challenges a foster parent faces. The guy wrenching story is sadly one other children face but needs to be heard. It became one of my favorite books almost instantly.

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  • Karen Moses
  • 27-10-2020

this is a horrible story

this is a terrible and horrible true story told with a lot of empathy and love. thank you to all foster carers who do their job well and care for the forgotten and unwanted children.

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  • Nicole Hutto
  • 20-01-2020

sad

heart wrenching example of how the system fails these children. the social workers should've been held responsible.

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  • Tanya Bascur
  • 08-11-2018

Heart racing

This was a tough one, I had to stop many times. What a horrid time this child had. So brave for roughing this one out and giving her some help and hope..

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  • tonya cary
  • 27-10-2018

Read, listen

Once again I was formed to stop listening so I could do my daily routine. I would have just prefered just listening to my book.

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  • Loveisabattlefield
  • 21-01-2021

Very informative

This was well written, well read. And gives a great description of the worse case scenario of children sexually abused by their parents/family. It gives great insight into the mind of a child whose abuse starts at a young age and how it destroys or delays their development abilities. The mind is a sensitive organ and can be severely altered from traumatic experiences.

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  • Kimberly K.
  • 05-01-2021

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Narrator is awful! I’m less than 5 minutes in and don’t think I can listen to the whole thing Very dissatisfied

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  • sherl knight
  • 24-10-2020

the longtime care and love of Jodie

it was better than i thought..i didn't think i could read it audible made it easier..

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  • kim rickett
  • 18-09-2020

Heartbreaking

Extremely well written and narrated. It can be triggering for abuse survivors. This child’s story will remain with me forever and I will pray she will find peace. ❤️

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  • Luke
  • 04-11-2016

So so touching

A very very upsetting book, I literally had tears in my eyes how anybody could treat a princess like this :( read it you won't put it down I read it in a day!

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  • laura mcintosh
  • 03-12-2017

Sad and unimaginable

Such a heart warming story how Jodie must have been hurting inside . Cathy glass deserves a medal on how she handled Jodie it was amazing and she has a heart of gold

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  • Steven Lane
  • 15-03-2015

Shocking but what a book

Very good book that is full of parenting tips for foster carers and adopters. Warts and all it is shocking in places.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-2020

Amazing!

So glad I chose this for my first audible. Started and finished within a day I was so hooked. Incredibly emotional and touched my heart strings in many ways.

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  • Anna
  • 20-01-2021

so sad

loved reading this story but was so sad I feel for little jodie I would like to know her outcome is there an updated book did she get bettercdidcshecgovhome to Cathy i do hope so

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  • Lindsay Brockwell
  • 06-01-2021

sad but brilliant

this is such a sad story but the depth it's written and the wonderful work by Cathy really makes up for that. thank you Cathy glass

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  • ray
  • 03-12-2020

excellent but heart breaking

loved it what a story! poor Jodie but well done to her foster mum she was great very strong lady

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  • Dionne L.
  • 13-11-2020

So sad

I couldn’t stop listening to this book I read it in one night,how could any parent put there child through such pain Cathy is such a wonderful person and a fantastic foster parent.

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  • Reeree
  • 09-08-2020

emotional reading

heart breaking and moving x once again another brilliant read. and very good insight into the failing of social services

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  • Dana
  • 04-06-2020

So sad

A hard book to read it focuses on a life ruined by perverts , thank you for publicising this

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