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Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.
     

Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds.

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by Cathy Glass
 

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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,

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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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‘Plays out like a juicy ITV1 drama…at times heartbreaking. But Hidden is also a life -affirming read which proves that, despite the bad press, Social Services do have their successes - and ultimately, sometimes a little hope is all you need.’ HeatReviews for ‘Damaged’:'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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007283903
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
81,606
File size:
8 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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Hidden: Betrayed, Exploited and Forgotten. How One Boy Overcame the Odds. 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
British-jo More than 1 year ago
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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Cdarr More than 1 year ago
Cathy Glass, the author, writes true stories about her job as a foster mother. This one is one her best. I highly reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written true story...happy. sad, perplexing, unusual, and happy again.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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