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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Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy.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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Damaged

The horrific abuse of a child left me in tears. Cathy once again tells Joesie's story with warmth and compassion. Heart breaking but a must read.

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Damaged

Cathy Glass is a fantastic writer. Damaged is a true story as I too had children in my care who where sexually abused and showed me same traits. I thought this book was brilliant and would highly recommend it to everyone. Thank you

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Damaged

Brilliant, this book takes you through a whole range of emotions, ultimately though it is a sad reflection of so many children in today's society. Cathy Glass is clearly a wonderful foster parent and a voice for all the children she has helped a truly inspirational lady.

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on to the next one

loved it I have been listening to it on and off for the last 8 hours. Denica is amazing she draws you into the book

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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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  • tonya cary
  • 27-10-18

Read, listen

Once again I was formed to stop listening so I could do my daily routine. I would have just prefered just listening to my book.

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  • Manuela Hernandez
  • 11-10-18

good book

love it. very detailed.it was very sad aswell. this is my first book w audible.

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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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  • Hayley11
  • 15-12-18

Sad story but beautifully written

Loved the way the author told the story. Cathy is an angle with these children.

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  • tanya nix
  • 08-11-18

Heart racing

This was a tough one, I had to stop many times. What a horrid time this child had.
So brave for roughing this one out and giving her some help and hope..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-18

Great book to listen to!

loved this book, very sad circumstances but Cathy shows her love and commitment in a tough situation.

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  • Helen Marie Gates
  • 28-08-18

Heavy but Great book

Couldn’t put this book away for too long. Story was a very sad but true depiction of reality.

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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!