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My Dad's a Policeman (Quick Reads) by [Glass, Cathy]
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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 70 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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3625 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element; Quick Reads edition edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 17, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8RWFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The book has few surprises, with characters that are neither interesting or individualized. There is the good-hearted, drunken mother, her two nice sons, the kind foster family. For some unknown reason, the mother realizes she can't care for her boys, encouraging them to accept the kindness of foster caregivers until she can take care of them. End of story. Not much of one though as there is so little unexpected or made individual enough for the reader to care about.
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This is a fictionalized account of an actual case of the author's. It takes place in England, so the social service system, the role of the police, and the ambience is different from the USA. By allowing the protagonist, a boy of twelve, to tell the story the author loses some realism: it is doubtful that a boy of his age and with his deprived background could think in the terms and language she uses. Nevertheless his ideas, his interpretation of his environment, and his mood swings and confusion seem very realistic. He is a complex, carefully drawn character. A bonus with this author is that on her website she provides follow-upinformation about the cases she fictionalizes. She is also able to point out flaws in the social service system without seeming to preach. In this story the portrayal of foster parents is highly favorable. From my point of view as someone living in the US this seems unrealistic, but perhaps things are better in the UK1 But the author pulls no punches in describing the horrible squalor and abuse of, in this case, the children of impoverished alcoholics. The ambivalence in the child's mind of needing his own home and aspiring to a little more comfort and predictability is also made clear in some quite subtle ways as is the fantasy life of a very young adolescent who has had to develop life skills no child should need. .In this story both the author and her first-person narrator and protagonist come off as very sympathetic people.
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I only gave this three stars because, this book was so different from Cathy's usual style of writing that I felt like I was reading an entirely different author and I missed the emotion that makes you wanting more. I would recommend this book, it wasn't bad just different.
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Perhaps it's the title which has resulted in this book not getting the success of less good short stories in the Quick Reads series. I have to admit, I read over 40 other Quick Read titles before I even picked this up, simply because I initially assumed it was a non fiction book about some little kid's account of what his dad does for a living and maybe how this affects him in some small town or London suburb. Of course the actual story is nothing like that, and it's a fictional tale, not non fiction as I wrongly assumed. And what a great fictional tale it is, one of the best through the eyes of a young child fiction stories I've ever read, in either short story or novel length.

My Dad's a Policeman is part of the Quick Reads series of stand alone published short stories. If you're unfamiliar with the Quick Reads initiative, they are books published to increase literacy levels by encouraging those who don't like to read beyond magazines and comic books, to try fiction through cheap priced (current Quick Reads all sell of the rack for under two pounds in the UK) short story length fiction and non fiction. This book definitely achieves the goals of the initiative, anyone reading this book would be eager to check out other Quick Reads short stories or even try full length novels.

There are some other short stories in the Quick Reads series which are written through fictional kids eye's dealing with life as as a result of either a deadbeat alcoholic parent or a parent that puts their own needs first over the child. They are Jack and Jill by Lucy Cavendish,
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I have read 14 Cathy Glass books & they have all taken me on a journey - I enjoy reading the follow up's on Cathy's web site. I am sure most foster carers are in it with the best of intentions however Cathy you are special! The way you care for these children & your own Cathy is a credit to you. I trust you will take some `Cathy time' when adult company comes along. The world is a better place for your being. Please keep writing the books.
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Cathy Glass is a foster parent, so she writes this story based on experience.

Ryan never knew his Dad, but he has to tell people something, and that something is in the title. It transpires that his mother may not even know who his Dad was, as he and his much-loved brother, Tommy, were both conceived during drunken one-night stands. His mother is almost ALWAYS drunk.

Ryan is taken into care, and is separated from his brother. He makes plans and runs away. His best friend takes a risk to harbour him.

The pace is fast, and it is easy to read the whole story in one sitting.

I liked this even more as there were reflections of my own childhood. No, my mother was not forever drunk, and I was not taken into care. But my parents split up when I was very young, and I was forever running away. I like to think that those experiences enhanced my education.

This is a good story, and it could easily have been extended to show what happened to the various characters in the following years. Perhaps Cathy Glass will write that story some day.
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