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Cruel to Be Kind Audiobook

Cruel to Be Kind: Saying No Can Save a Child's Life

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Publisher's Summary

Cruel to Be Kind is the true story of Max, age six. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes.

Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn't the only one in denial; his whole family are, too.

©2017 Cathy Glass (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    keeley c. 13/11/2017
    keeley c. 13/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "another amazing story from Cathy glass"

    loved it as I do all her books thankyou again so so much cathy glass

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    Mr 06/11/2017
    Mr 06/11/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent book"

    excellent book made me cry at the end well done Cathy can't wait for the next one

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    Mandy 30/10/2017
    Mandy 30/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant app."

    I love this app, I have just 1 book a month costs me £8.99 and some books are almost £20. I listen to it when I’m alone at home or at night when I can’t sleep and it relaxes me greatly. I highly recommend this app it’s a brilliant way of reading with your eyes closed! Sallie x

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    victoria 22/10/2017
    victoria 22/10/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"

    Such a heart warming story!! well written and well read, could not put it down. Most definitely recommend.

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    Clare Cronin 08/10/2017
    Clare Cronin 08/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Another treasure"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this story like all Cathy's other books. Emotional, but also heart warming; I felt I was travelling along their Journey of Max and his family. Can't wait until the next book!

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    Miss Amber L Lock 30/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing "

    I love all of Cathy glasses books and this one is also amazing! Thank you I look forward to the next one

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    Elaine Jones 16/09/2017
    Elaine Jones 16/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Really lovely read"
    Would you listen to Cruel to Be Kind again? Why?

    Yes I would becuse it's a a well written easy listening story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cruel to Be Kind?

    When max went back home to him mum.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When kaz started to be nice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I did,when Katz passed away.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a really good story .

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    Amazon Customer 13/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!!"

    Oh my goodness the twists in this true story is so heartbreaking but Cathy has written it so well as she has done all her books. It must of been so hard to write it and revisit it. It really is a must listen book but you will need the tissues on hand.
    I love DeNica Fairman Narrating she does such an amazing job. I really wish she did Casey Watson's books as the Narrator who does her books I can't get away with.
    Well done Cathy for yet another incredible book! 😊

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    DF 12/09/2017
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    "Another good story"

    We go back a few years with this story to not long after Cathy and her husband have split up. Max is a lovely kid, and the family start to grow on you.

    As well written as ever, and Danica does an excellent job of giving life to the characters. I was almost in tears at one point... which was awkward because I was listening on my way to work!

    Looking forward to the next one again

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    Mrs tingle 10/09/2017
    Mrs tingle 10/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic story"

    a heartwarming story as always by Cathy that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. am already looking forward to the next story released on audible x

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  • Susie
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    29/09/17
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    "Could not put it down"

    Enjoyed it. Max story interested me. Glad did so well. Want to read more of Cathy Glass books and see how Max and his sisters and family do.

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  • gina
    18/09/17
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    "amazing"

    like always Kathy's books are amazing once you start reading them you can't put it down this one is just as great as all her other ones keep them coming

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  • alexandria
    16/09/17
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    "Another great book by Cathy!"

    Fell in love with her passion for children years ago and still get excited when a new book is about to be released! Finished in just over a day - thanks for another fantastic book Cathy!!

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  • Marcia B.
    15/09/17
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    "Good foster care story with gripping tale"

    Cathy Glass tells of a challenging foster care story in England. She takes on an intellectual young boy who is obese and has a mother resistant to changing his situation. The troubles of the family interfere with Cathy's attempts to help the boy in many ways. An interesting riveting read. Recommended.

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  • Randi shelton
    08/09/17
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    "Excellent and very timely"

    Another excellent book by Cathy Glass!

    It's a very well-written and timely story about a little boy who is morbidly obese and his family. Max comes to live with Cathy and her family when his mother is hospitalized with complications from type II diabetes. Cathy's fostering of Max gets off to a bad start when she receives a threatening phone call from Max's mother before his arrival. No one mentions Max's obesity, and Cathy and her family are understandably shocked when they meet Max for the first time. The social worker refuses to acknowlege it, and when Cathy proposes small changes, she's told to leave things as they are. It's not until he has a medical appointment as part of the precess of coming into care, that Cathy is given the go ahead to help Max to begin to lose weight and thus live a more normal life- something he wants for himself.

    As the story progresses, the rest of the family gradually warms to Cathy and accepts what she's doing for Max. His three sisters, who also struggle with obesity, also try the program Max is using.

    As the book goes on, we learn about Max's mother's terrible childhood and come to understand why she's the way she is -- angry, distant, and we learn why she withholds affection from her children. I found myself liking her and Max's three sisters and cheering them on.

    As with many of the books Cathy Glass has written, this one will stay with me for a long time. Sadly, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions here in the U.S. as well. Thank you for sharing Max's story with us, ands always telling it so well.

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