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Three Little Words: A Memoir Paperback – Illustrated, May 5, 2009
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About the Author
- Lexile Measure : 870L
- Grade Level : 9 and up
- Paperback : 336 pages
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416948070
- ISBN-10 : 1416948074
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches
- Reading level : 14 and up
- Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint Edition (May 5, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When you finish this book, don't stop at the end - "Three More Words" explores her young adult years and how her childhood impacted choices she made throughout her life. And it also explores how a child with so much chaos growing up can become a loving and nurturing parent to her own children.
A story about a girl who is thrust into the foster system (USA) as a little child and stays there for years. She and her little brother are sometimes together and sometimes separate, but always resiliently surviving. So much sadness and anger - all the people who SHOULD have known better, should have cared. So much GRATEFULNESS and warmth for the people who cared and made all the difference.
I had to read this book in advance of a foster care mentorship at college. I'm not returning it.
I loved this book. It was well written, easy to read, and thoroughly captured my attention. I quickly ordered the second book and it does not disappoint either. I see others saying this first one is better, or the second one is better, but I think they are both fantastic. They are written a bit differently but Ashley has grown up, both mentally and physically, and it really shows.
Kudos to her for continuing to be an advocate for children who really have no one to speak for them. The courage Ashley and her husband have shown is amazing. And a big HATS OFF to Gay & Phil Courter who had the guts, the courage, and the endless supply of love needed to take on Ashley.