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About the Author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 50 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. She has three teenage children of her own; one of whom was adopted after a long-term foster placement. The name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym.

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  • File Size: 2171 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element (March 20, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007321570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007321575
  • ASIN: B002RI9F8Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,923 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live in England and have three children, two birth children and one adopted. When I left school I held a clerical position in the civil service, which I left to start a family. At the same time I became a foster carer, which is the inspiration for much of my writing. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer. This is in recognition of my experience and qualifications and means that I am often asked to look after children with complex needs or very challenging behaviour. I have a degree in education and psychology which I was awarded as a mature student.

I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, articles, a few radio plays, and entering writing competitions. Like many writers it was a hobby - something I did almost furtively in my spare time, while working, and then later fostering and looking after my family. The two halves of my life - writer and foster carer - came together in 2007 when I wrote about a child I'd fostered and the book immediately became a number one best seller. Since then there have been many bestsellers, thanks to you, my readers. I really appreciate all your support and best wishes. Cathy xx

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynn McNamee on July 11, 2010
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Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

This book told an incredibly sad story of a young girl who was taken into foster care along with her two younger brothers. Although it was heart-wrenching, it was also uplifting to know that there are people out there willing to help kids in such a situation.

I was impressed with the way Ms. Glass told the story. She did not appear to be trying to embellish it using shock tactics. Instead, she told the story as it happened, only shocking the reader when she was shocked at the time with the child's incredible tales of abuse.

Although Ms. Glass did mention when others gave her compliments for her work with "Donna", she never appeared to be bragging about herself. She simply did the work of a mother for a girl whose mother was extremely unfit.

I cried a couple of times during this read. The treatment of Donna by her mother was simply appalling. However, I also laughed a few times when the author told of humorous portions of the tale. Ms. Glass certainly has maintained her sense of humor through the atrocities she must hear of in her work.

Character Development: 4 3/4 Stars

Although Ms. Glass certainly had no way of knowing the inner workings of Donna's mind and emotions, in her telling of Donna's story, she made me feel as though I knew Donna. She also threw in enough information about her own children to have me engrossed in their interactions with Donna. I did think that more about Ms. Glass and her children could have been revealed to give a more full story. I would have been interested to have more insight into the children's thoughts and feelings.

While Ms. Glass revealed much of herself in respect to Donna, she did not tell of her feelings outside of that.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fox on March 6, 2011
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I have read one of Glass'es books, Damaged and felt not only touched and thankful there are such excellent people out there with this talent but also educated. So I wanted to continue reading Cathy Glass's books. This one did not dissapoint.

I love how her books read close to what a diary log of family happenings rather then totally emotional outpooring. I find it easier to relate to the damaged children and marvel at the ability of people who can figure out a child's drama like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. It is intriging and totally satisfactory in the end. I also enjoy the fact she doesn't pull any punches in regards to what happens to each child. Not all children are able to rebuild their lives after abuse.

I am more understanding of the social dilema of workers in this arena and how each child can impact our society by producing more damaged people if not helped. Therefore I have gained more of a world view that this is occuring everywhere. It isn't a pretty picture but it has made me more aware. And for that I am thankful. perhaps Cathy's books would be good reads for older high school students for more understanding and possibly for volunteering to do more social work.

When you read her books, you will be touched.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Aloysius on March 27, 2012
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To say that I enjoyed this book would not be appropriate given it's subject matter. It was thought provoking and informative. It was like reading clinical notes in a medical file, succinct, specific and factual. The writing is objective and true to the primary purpose of this book - to highlight the sad and tragic tale of this young girl.
I appreciated learning more about the tireless efforts of both social workers and foster carers to ensure the safety of those children, who through no fault of their own, have been abused and neglected.

Good work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on April 11, 2011
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I enjoyed this book as one of my favourite of Cathy Glass' publications because it takes place around her busy household and shows the interaction of her own children with Donna. Donna was taken into care due to a very wretched life where her mother actually seemed to hate her and encouraged her siblings to beat her, mock her and make her miserable, plus she had to do all the housework and was given little food. Donna at first seemed passive, mute and so sad, but a violence soon emerged against Cathy's children and she also took to trashing her room. The story does tell the success of this child due to a kind and competent foster family and a successful adoptive mother. The job of foster caring is indeed a difficult one and I love Cathy's stories about the children she has looked after. I don't know why so many children in the Western world are treated so shabbily by their bio parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna M VINE VOICE on April 28, 2014
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It's hard to imagine the kinds of horrific circumstances some children are born into. And yet, these kinds of "homes" are sadly more common than we think. Powerless to help themselves, the young victims must often wait until a shrewd teacher or other adult notices something amiss, and contacts the authorities in a position to make a change.

That's precisely what happened to 10-year-old Donna, and her younger brothers Jason and Warren. Once removed from an extremely filthy and neglectful home by child protective services, the adults involved slowly began to glimpse more and more horrific details of the almost unfathomable levels of abuse suffered by the children, especially Donna. For reasons that Cathy Glass, Donna's foster carer and author of this story, could not understand, young Donna took the brunt of the abuse - even from the 6- and 7-year-old brothers, who were instructed by their mother to help beat their sister.

But as always, Glass - a foster parent for over two decades - put her all into attempting to help improve Donna's life. With her loving yet no-nonsense attitude, Glass used her usual approach of trying to integrate Donna into a normal child's life while also encouraging her to speak about what had happened to her in the past in the hopes of Donna's beginning to heal emotionally.

Despite the serious and potentially depressing subject matter, readers should not be scared off from taking on Donna's story! Glass's unique style manages to tell the details while in no way dramatizing or focusing upon the negative - although, of course, if anyone in this world has a right to ask "why me?" it would certainly be a child like Donna. Instead, Glass never stops hoping, both for Donna to heal and find peace, and even that Donna's family will be able to do the same.
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