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Publisher's Summary

When Reece arrives at Cathy's door aged 7 years old, he has already passed through the hands of four different carers in four weeks. As the details of his short life emerge, it becomes clear that to help him, Cathy will face her biggest challenge yet.

The latest title from the author of Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Damaged.

Reece is the last of six siblings to be fostered. Having been in care for four months his aggressive and disruptive behaviour has seen him passed from carer to carer. Although only 7, he has been excluded from school, and bites people so often that his mother calls him 'Sharky'.

Cathy wants to find the answers for Reece's distressing behaviour, but he has been sworn to secrecy by his mother, and will not tell them anything. As the social worker prepares for the final hearing, he finds five different files on Reece's family, and is incredulous that he had not been removed from them as a baby. When the darkest of family secrets is revealed to Cathy, Reece's behaviour suddenly starts to make sense, and together they can begin to rebuild his life.

©2015 Cathy Glass (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." (Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." ( 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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Thanks again I loved the book as always Cathy is

The narrator was clear and easy to listen to this book makes me realize that all children do not have a good life

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Absolutely wonderful!

Yet another amazing story from Cathy Glass. I wold urge anyone to give this a read!

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Another great book by Cathy

So far have enjoyed all of cathys books. They are a real eye opener to a scary world.

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  • Munchie
  • 15-03-2015

Fab book

This was a terrific read as all of cathy a books are, I promise, if you started you will be hooked

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  • Sheree
  • 13-07-2017

Terrific presentation of a troubled boy saved by love

I have fallen in love with Cathy Glass stories. So easy to listen to. This one does not disappoint.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2017

Best one yet!

Having read (listened to) 6-7 Cathy Glass books so far, I would say this is my favorite; & I've loved ALL of them!

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  • gina
  • 19-10-2016

phenomenal

this is my 4 Cathy Glass book what an amazing caretaker. I will continue until I read all

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  • tanya nix
  • 30-08-2018

Wow!!

I didn’t see this one coming, but wow how I fell in love with Reese, this is another amazing book!
On to the next one! Love your books!!

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  • Naomi
  • 23-03-2017

great story

As all of Cathy's stories, it holds your attention & leaves you wanting more. I appreciate all of the books that Cathy has written. I was glad to see that Reese got a forever family. I really expected the Social Services to terminate the contact when Tracy kept upsetting Reese. All in all though it turned out in a happy ending. I'm going to read the update, because I want to know what happened to Tracy's last baby..... but that'll be another story........

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  • Mary Hirsch
  • 20-09-2015

compelling

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Couldn't stop listening!

It was impossible to unplug from the author's care and dedication, as well as her specific behavior-improving techniques, as she helped troubled Reese make his way into his future. Reese's difficult journey was far more compelling than the terrible secrets that explain his behavior.

The book's great hope for the future of severely abused children, who are fighting a world that has treated them terribly, makes it a wonderful audible listen. The book did also leave behind considerable frustration with generationally dysfunctional adults whose children are washed up into the system only after much damage has already been done.

The book also makes it clear that, unfortunately, Reese's deeply disturbing secrets are not uniquely unusual among foster care children. I learned a great deal listening to this book.

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  • Mrs. Lorraine J. Brown
  • 29-05-2015

Mummy told me not to tell

A heart warming story beautifully narrated luckily their are such caring people in the world,

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  • James C.
  • 27-07-2018

loved it

the narrator is part of the reason I listen to these books hope there's more

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  • jacqueline
  • 09-01-2018

brilliant story

this story was really good lot of sad parts but fantastic outcome for reece I hope he has very happy future

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  • kirsty barbour
  • 12-04-2017

Moving

Very moving and emotionally story of a little boy scarred by his life before he came into care, has a very happy ending

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  • Tara
  • 15-03-2017

Lovely book

Had me in tears and made me very happy, such a wonderful book! Reece should give us all hope what a wonderful boy!

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  • Natalie Hatzer
  • 30-12-2016

good book

enjoyed the book, well narrated. a heartbreaking story but so glad of a lovely outcome.

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  • Kat
  • 20-09-2016

Touching and Thought Provoking

Reece is just 7 years old when he arrives at Cathy's. He's part of a large family and his mother Tracy has had a difficult past She has h learning difficulties as does Reece and all but one of his siblings. Cathy and her family cater for Reece's needs as best they can, and Cathy stands by him as he goes through difficult times at school and in his personal life. He learns to trust Cathy and her family and they become close while decisions about Reece's future are made. A touching story of a brave little boy who was told "not to tell" of the secrets he and his family hold. I really felt for Reece and his siblings, experiencing so much so young.

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  • Elaine Jones
  • 15-09-2016

Fantastic book

This story of Reece is sad but a fantastic read. Glad he is happy now.

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  • Susan Inglis
  • 24-08-2016

Mummy Told Me Not To Tell

I am so happy that I have found Cathy Glass as an author. I sometimes find it difficult to concentrate through books, but her work has completely enthralled me!

I have to say, I found this particular book difficult to listen to at the start; possibly because of the accent and volume of the 'child' and 'mum', but I am glad I persisted!

Now, onto the next book!

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  • Mandy
  • 01-03-2016

so sad but unfortunately true

Another fantastic read of a family torn apart.....a must read have the tissues at the ready