The Saddest Girl in the World

The Saddest Girl in the World

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by Cathy Glass
     
 

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The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of Damaged tells the true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged ten, having been abused, victimised and rejected by her family.Donna had been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with

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The Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of Damaged tells the true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged ten, having been abused, victimised and rejected by her family.Donna had been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down. Donna is clearly a very haunted child and refuses to interact with Cathy’s children Adrian and Paula.After patience and encouragement from Cathy, Donna slowly starts to talk and tells Cathy that she blames herself for her and her brothers being placed in care. The social services were aware that Donna and her brothers had been neglected by their alcoholic mother, but no one realised the extent of the abuse they were forced to suffer. The truth of the physical torment she was put through slowly emerges, and as Donna grows to trust Cathy she tells her how her mother used to make her wash herself with wire wool so that she could get rid of her skin colour as her mother was so ashamed that Donna was mixed race.The psychological wounds caused by the bullying she received also start to resurface when Donna starts reenacting the ways she was treated at home by hitting and bullying Paula, so much so that Cathy can’t let Donna out of her sight.As the pressure begins to mount on Cathy to help this child, things start to get worse and Donna begins behaving in erratic ways, trashing her bedroom and being regularly abusive towards Cathy’s children. Cathy begins to wonder if she can find a way to help this child or if Donna’s scars run too deep.

Cathy has been a foster carer for over 20 years, during which time she has looked after more than 70 children, of all ages and backgrounds. Cathy runs training courses on fostering for her local Social Services, and helps draft new fostering procedures and guidelines. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007321575
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/20/2009
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HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
12,357
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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The Saddest Girl in the World 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing style had a smooth, easy flow. At times, I did have to pause and think about certain phrases as the book is set in England. There were some verb tense issues here and there, also, some of which was just due to the "foreign language". Although Ms. Glass certainly had no way of knowing the inner workings of Donna's mind and emotions, in her telling of Donna's story, she made me feel as though I knew Donna. She also threw in enough information about her own children to have me engrossed in their interactions with Donna. I did think that more about Ms. Glass and her children could have been revealed to give a more full story. I would have been interested to have more insight into the children's thoughts and feelings.  I am more understanding of the social dilema of workers in this arena and how each child can impact our society by producing more damaged people if not helped. Therefore I have gained more of a world view that this is occuring everywhere. It isn't a pretty picture but it has made me more aware. And for that I am thankful. perhaps Cathy's books would be good reads for older high school students for more understanding and possibly for volunteering to do more social work. I cried a couple of times during this read. The treatment of Donna by her mother was simply appalling. However, I also laughed a few times when the author told of humorous portions of the tale. Ms. Glass certainly has maintained her sense of humor through the atrocities she must hear of in her work. Well worth the read.     
Nicki Blevins More than 1 year ago
I could not stop reading this book! While it's terrible, the case of Donna, this is a compelling read. I recommend this to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was excellent couldn't put book down you will cry the little girl reaches your heart and soul i was glad she had a nice home and Cathy helped her a great deal to transfer from her home to Marlene which every foster situation should be handle that way and i am glad Cathy. stayed in her life. excellent reading material
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another sad story.  As always I cannot put this down and read in a day. I question why some people even have kids.  Cathy really helped this little girl.  Cathy Tends to be a bit smug though to me. Kudos to her I could not do what she does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Cathy Glass's books, and this one was no exception. What a strong little girl Donna was! Glass's books don't always have happy endings, because the lives of the children for whom she cares often don't. This one left me smiling, though. Donna is, as Cathy says, a lovely person, and I'm glad the book follows her into adulthood. I wish we could have been told more about her biological family (her mother made me so angry) but I guess that's the nature of foster care.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have loved every book so far that i have read by cathy glass shes a great writer read her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cathys stories touch my heart. I just love this woman. Ive read about everyone of them. I also love how she tells of her own life as well. Thankyou cathy for what your doing is also gods work. Love u
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Thank goodness there are people like cathy who take in the unloved and neglected children in this world. It is so sad to hear what goes on behind closed doors to these innocent children.
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I love her books. This was a great story, & I loved the ending.
KimPark More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was a very sad, and heart warming story. Special thanks to all the Cathy Glass' that exist.
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I had a mother who was a supervisor at our local dcfs here in the states. So cathy books hit home with me and my mother. While most people cant believe the things they have read in her books i unfortunately can believe it and have seen the horrible things parents can do to children. Cathys books are an eye opener that i think everyone should read
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