The Saddest Girl in the World [NOOK Book]

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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with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down.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...
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The Saddest Girl in the World

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Overview

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with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down.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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007321575
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 29,483
  • 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 February 24, 2011

    Wow

    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.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    highly recommended

    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

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    This is another sad story.  As always I cannot put this down and

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Great read

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Another well written book from cathy glass

    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

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    love this book

    i have loved every book so far that i have read by cathy glass shes a great writer read her books

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Rachel

    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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

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    Highly Recommended

    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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