Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds. [NOOK Book]

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From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Damaged’ comes the poignant and shocking memoir of Cathy’s recent relationship with Tayo, a young boy she fosters whose good behaviour and polite manners hide a terrible past.Tayo arrives at Cathy’s with only the clothes he stands up in. He has been brought to her by the police, but he is calm, polite, and very well spoken, and not at all like the children she normally fosters. The social worker gives Cathy the forms which should contain Tayo’s ...
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Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.

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From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Damaged’ comes the poignant and shocking memoir of Cathy’s recent relationship with Tayo, a young boy she fosters whose good behaviour and polite manners hide a terrible past.Tayo arrives at Cathy’s with only the clothes he stands up in. He has been brought to her by the police, but he is calm, polite, and very well spoken, and not at all like the children she normally fosters. The social worker gives Cathy the forms which should contain Tayo’s history, but apart from his name and age, it is blank. Tayo has no past.Tayo is an 'invisible' child, kidnapped from his loving father in Nigeria and brought illegally to the UK by his drink and drugs dependent prostitute mother, where he is put to work in a sweat shop in Central London. When he sustains an injury and is no longer earning, he is cast out.When Cathy takes Tayo to school he points out a dozen different addresses where he has stayed in the last six months, often being left alone. Tayo lies, and manipulates situations to his own advantage and Cathy has to be continually on guard. Tayo’s social worker searches all computer databases but there is no record of Tayo – he has only attended school for 3 terms and has never seen a doctor. He and his mother have been evading the authorities by living ‘underground’.With his mother recently released from prison, Tayo is desperate to live with his father in Nigeria, but no one can track him down or even prove that he exists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007283903
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2008
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 34,867
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    recommend, eye opening

    Has been an educational read. I had no idea about the hidden residents nor the underground sweat shops in the UK, which makes me believe they must be everywhere. The horror of kids like this not being on any one's "list" making it difficult to impossible to help them is awful. A believable, upsetting book, & ultimately satisfying end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Fascinating and heartwarming

    A fascinating true story with a hint of mystery. I admire the patience of foster carers, who so often have to help uncover the past of a neglected child in order to help them move forward in their lives and in the healing process. Happy surprise at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    So touching. Shed some tears on this one

    Love her writing style. Have read almost all of her books. Get busy writing cathy. All her books are a must read.

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