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Summary

Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass.

From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.

Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit.

Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what - her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

©2009 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishing Limited

Critic reviews

"Cannot fail to move those who read it." ( Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking." ( The 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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So so touching

A very very upsetting book, I literally had tears in my eyes how anybody could treat a princess like this :( read it you won't put it down I read it in a day!

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Sad and unimaginable

Such a heart warming story how Jodie must have been hurting inside . Cathy glass deserves a medal on how she handled Jodie it was amazing and she has a heart of gold

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Shocking but what a book

Very good book that is full of parenting tips for foster carers and adopters. Warts and all it is shocking in places.

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A very well wriiten, heartbreaking story!

Read it in a day and a half as couldn't put it down.
Heart breaking yet beautifully written.

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Hope.

Cathy is an angel trying to help the most vulnerable. Her stories are full of love and devotion for her work.

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Wow. What an insight to fostering

Incredible, heartbreaking and powerful. I've learnt so much about fostering from this book and I look forward to reading more.

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fantastic!

chilling and heartbreaking, fantastic listening, couldn't turn it off!! Cathy glass is amazing! worth a listen

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very intense.

The narrator did a brilliant job with the reading of this heart wrenching story. had emotions on highs and lows through out.

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heartbreaking

One of the most heartbreaking story of a young girl. very emotional and some parts of story very hard to listening too but Defo worth listening

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such a heart breaking story and unimaginiable.

The author tells the story of abuse from the perspective of a foster carer. Poor Jodie is a child who has experienced a life of hell and unfortunately the same but different hell lies ahead for her the rest of her life as she lives with what happened to her.

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  • Alaina Johnson
  • 15-05-18

Fabulously written but not for the faint of heart

Coming from someone that works with children with severe trauma, this story touched my heart in so many ways. It was truly a wonderful story about the pain, exhaustion and endless challenges a foster parent faces. The guy wrenching story is sadly one other children face but needs to be heard. It became one of my favorite books almost instantly.

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  • 22-12-17

Brutal but Educational

It was heart wrenching and I had to fast forward almost everything Jodie said about her biological parents. But I learned a lot about how to respond to the foster children I plan to have. It's the perfect book for those who are interested in foster care.

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  • b.reeder
  • 24-09-17

Heartbreaking

This is a hard story to listen to but the reader does great at reading.

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  • Jennifer L. Midgette
  • 12-09-17

Forensic Point of View

As as Forensics Nurse I see such a limited glimpse into the world of my patients and how the navigate through the system. I am glad I listened!

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  • 29-06-17

chilling story!!

loved it this author is amazing makes you feel like you are in her living rm

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  • charles k.
  • 22-06-17

It's ok

not impressed with this book. I'm surprised by the many 4 and 5 star ratings. Unfortunately it's a story I've heard one too many times.

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  • SushisArmy
  • 01-03-17

I was hooked on this.

I was so hopefully for change, but as more gruesome details came out, I found I was succumbing to the depression Cathy must have felt. I also wanted to kick Eileen. lol. I understand why contact has waned, as Jodie may have blocked this beginning recovery period out, as many victims of child abuse do. I do hope she reaches out to Cathy though. thank you for recounting your experience Cathy!

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  • dolfin
  • 10-02-17

Damaged heartbreaking story of a forgotten child

This is a very heart breaking story, that is well written. It very sad that people who were supposed to protect this child could do such horrible things to a child.

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  • Cathy Sweeney
  • 06-10-16

Heartbreaking does not do it

When I started this I was not sure if I would like it and then things started to change. This story tugs the heart strings so tight and then twists them one more time. This child came from a background that is hard to believe but is true. Reading this shows mistakes that occurred and how they are discovered while Jodi was in foster care in England. It is worth the read or listen, it certainly got to me as I had to finish it even though I was at home.

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  • Sandy
  • 27-09-16

Truly heartbreaking

I definitely would recommend this touching story. What amazing love and care Cathy Glass offers her foster children - even those who are emotionally, physically and mentally broken like Jodi, the one in this story. My heart breaks just trying to imagine the horrors young Jodi had to live through. Our world needs more people like Cathy Glass!