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Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

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Overview

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neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy.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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007279753
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/19/2009
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 19,205
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. 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.


Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.


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  • Posted September 13, 2010

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    A Must Read!!

    "Damaged" by Cathy Glass was one of those books that I absolutely could NOT put down. If you "enjoyed" the book "A Child Called It" by Dave Pelzer, then you will love this book as well. It takes a look at the work of Cathy, who has been a foster parent for many years. She is told of a disturbed little girl, Jodie, who has been with 5 different foster homes in the short period of 4 months. Cathy decides that her experience in caring and loving foster children is more than enough to take on this new challenge. Cathy later finds that she is in for more than she bargains for with this little girl. However, Cathy does not give up and earns the trust of Jodie, only to be told bits and pieces of her horrific childhood. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! It is an emotional true story that will leave you with a new respect for foster parents and the good people of the social service system.

    103 out of 110 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    Damaged

    This book was hard to take in. It is so hard to believe the abuse that goes on outside of my world. This book really brought an uneasy feeling to my stomach because of all the torture and abuse the little girl went through not knowing that it wasn't normal. This was a good read, but I wouldn't recommend it to someone with a soft heart. Cathy Glass is one author that I will read another book from her collections. I just hope they are not all as sad as Damaged.

    43 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time! I could not p

    Heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time! I could not put this book down. The author does an exceptional job of painting a picture. You feel like a fly on the wall of this story.

    34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Very sad but captivating

    This book was extremely sad but kept me reading. It was not boring in the least and I felt the frustration with the system along with Cathy. I expected the ending to be a bit happier but then, life does not always have the happy ending that everyone wants it to.

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2010

    Heartbreaking

    I found this a book that should be read by every adult alive. Being abused my self I cannot beleive that little children have to go through this and live with this horror forever. This book is heart wrenching, but the way it was written was well told.

    21 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    A heartbreaking story that needed to be told

    This book is a difficult read because of the subject matter - but it is a story i am glad Cathy told. Child abuse is horrifying and people need to know how serious the damage is for a child that experiences this. And people must know how brokem the system is that is supposed to help these children. God bless Cathy for the work she's done caring for so many kids in need - people like her are the real heroes. The people we should be looking to as role models. My heart breaks for Jodie - but am grateful she,s been saved from the awful life she lived.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Gripping and heart breaking but with hope and encouragement for


    Gripping and heart breaking but with hope and encouragement for the rest of us to reach out and help or get help for these children. Cathy Glass has the courage and love to answer her calling in life.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    So sad, but an amazing story!

    I read the reviews of this book and I have to say, Cathy Glass is a SAINT! Incredible story of an amazing carer and child!
    Some of this book were very hard to read, but a good story!

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Very moving story.

    Since I am one of the damaged ones, I can relate to this story. More stories should be told about these little ones who have no voice of their own.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Great book

    Very sad book about sexualy abused child. Makes you cry and angry same time. You cant stop reading it.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2010

    Great Book

    I really enjoyed reading this book!! Some of the details are disturbing and its crazy how realistically children really do go through the things that jodie went through, but most are not able to explain in detail like she did. Nonetheless i really liked this book.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2014

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    I would not recommend this book for early teens, at least withou

    I would not recommend this book for early teens, at least without adult supervision and discussion, or for people who don't deal well with graphic sexual content and violence, especially if it is directed towards children. I thought the author handled these sequences in the book very professionally but they are what they are- child sexual abuse. The title of the book should be "Destroyed" because this little girl was permanently, irrevocably destroyed - she will never be whole. And what does that say for the neighbors that turned a blind eye or the social service system that didn't follow through as it should have?I have the utmost admiration for most foster caregivers and most social service people. To some it is just a job but to people like the author it is their life's calling, one that I could never do. What amazed me about the story was Cathy's perserverance in keeping Jodie. Sure, a couple of times she admitted to wanting to "send her back." However, she never did so voluntarily, as I feel that many foster parents would have done. Ms. Glass was supremely honest in what she considered to be her shortcomings, but I considered to be her bravery and strength of spirit. If you are faint of heart, be careful reading this heartbreaking story about an 8 year old girl whose life was destroyed and if not for the caring of one woman, would have been condemned to a life of horror forever. I highly recommend this book, Cathy Glass did a wonderful job in telling this tragic true story.    

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

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    This book was truly a quick read, although, it was not easy emotionally! The fact that these monsters could selfishly and disturbingly hurt a child that they brought into this world, or any child for that matter, is beyond comprehension! I have a 16 month old daughter and 10 year old son, and reading this story just horrifies me!! To think that these horrible monsters could enjoy doing what they did to a child almost as young as my daughter nearly makes me vomit! The sheer reality of the sickness that lives in this world literally makes you never want your children to leave your side!! Thank you Cathy Glass for sharing and most of all thank you to the care giver of Jodie! You and your amazingly acceptant children are a blessing and certainly gifts from God!! Finally, to precious little Jodie...you are a brave and wonderful little girl, and I hope that wherever you are in this cruel world today that you have found peace and hapiness and most of all LOVE! Bless you sweet girl!!!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    wow

    This is a true account of a child in foster care system. While the British terms are sometimes confusing, it helps that your nook allows you to look up terms. The abuse this child suffered boggles the imagination and there are some graphic descriptions given in the child's language. This is a riveting book that will leave you angry, sad, but hopeful.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Very detailed and heartbreaking

    What an incredible story. It is very difficult to put down. With every little step forward, there are three steps back.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Highly recommended.

    It's a great read of how damaging abuse can affect a person or little ones.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    This book is a heart wrenching story that keeps you turning the

    This book is a heart wrenching story that keeps you turning the pages. I am sad that things like this happen but if it weren't for stories like these people would turn a blind eye to situations like this. I liked this book and I am looking forward to reading others buy this author.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Highly recommended

    A tough book to read knowing that it is based on a true story. Had to stop a time or two to catch my breath. Incredible story!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Damaged

    Such a sad story. As a foster parent myself it never gets easy to stomach the abuse so many children endure. I learned a lot about how patient the foster mom was with this child.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    "D" is for Damaged, Disturbing, Disgusting...

    "Damaged" is definitely a heartbreaking and disturbing book. You learn something on every page that this little girl has endured throughout her 8 years. Don't expect a happy ending with this book and as much as I find this book revolting, it is a page turner. The book was very well written for you to absolutely HATE this child's family. So terribly sad that so many children go through such horrible things and social services look the other way on so many of them...

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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