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My Dad's a Policeman (Quick Reads 2011) [Paperback]

Cathy Glass
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17 Feb 2011 Quick Reads 2011

The second novel, and first quick read title, from Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Cathy Glass.

My Dad's a Policeman is a dramatic and engaging story of a young boy with an alcoholic mother. Lonely, bullied and desperate for a life of happiness and security he tells everyone he meets his dad's a policeman.

Fast-paced and compelling, this short story from Cathy Glass follows the experiences of a Ryan, a small and lonely 12-year-old boy who struggles to fit in. In an attempt to make friends, and discourage the school bullies from picking on him, Ryan tells his peers that his dad is a policeman. When the police actually turn up on Ryan's doorstep, to take him away from his alcoholic mother and put him in care, his life crumbles.

It's not long before Ryan has run away, taking a long bus ride back across the city, desperate to get back to the inner-city life he knows. Keeping a low profile, and sneaking in to his best friend's house late a night for shelter, he soon discovers that he's not the only one who appears to be stretching the truth about the happiness of his home life.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Element; Quick Reads edition edition (17 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007374755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007374755
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I live in England and have three children, two birth children and one adopted. When I left school I held a clerical position in the civil service, which I left to start a family. At the same time I became a foster carer, which is the inspiration for much of my writing. I have been a foster carer for over twenty-five years and am what's known as a specialist foster carer, sometimes referred to as a level 3 carer. This is in recognition of my experience and qualifications and means that I am often asked to look after children with complex needs or very challenging behaviour. I have a degree in education and psychology which I was awarded as a mature student.

I have always been a writer - from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I began writing short stories, articles, a few radio plays, and entering writing competitions. Like many writers it was a hobby - something I did almost furtively in my spare time, while working, and then later fostering and looking after my family. The two halves of my life - writer and foster carer - came together in 2007 when I wrote about a child I'd fostered and the book immediately became a number one best seller. Since then there have been many bestsellers, thanks to you. I really appreciate all your support and best wishes. Cathy xxx

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cathy Glass you Star! 14 Sep 2011
Another book by Cathy Glass, i'm a big fan and this once again is brilliantly written. As it is short, and one of the quick reads it also means you can read this book quickly and see if you get a feel for what Cathy writes if you've never read her books before!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Runaway 6 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Cathy Glass is a foster parent, so she writes this story based on experience.

Ryan never knew his Dad, but he has to tell people something, and that something is in the title. It transpires that his mother may not even know who his Dad was, as he and his much-loved brother, Tommy, were both conceived during drunken one-night stands. His mother is almost ALWAYS drunk.

Ryan is taken into care, and is separated from his brother. He makes plans and runs away. His best friend takes a risk to harbour him.

The pace is fast, and it is easy to read the whole story in one sitting.

I liked this even more as there were reflections of my own childhood. No, my mother was not forever drunk, and I was not taken into care. But my parents split up when I was very young, and I was forever running away. I like to think that those experiences enhanced my education.

This is a good story, and it could easily have been extended to show what happened to the various characters in the following years. Perhaps Cathy Glass will write that story some day.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book 7 Feb 2011
By Robert
Ryan lives with his mother and younger brother on a run down council estate.
Ryan's mum is an alcoholic and can't look after them. Suddenly Ryan and his brother are taken into care and separated to live with different foster carers. The book is about Ryan's efforts to find his brother so that they can live together as before. Cathy tells the story in the voice of the 12 year old Ryan. Although the book is shorter than her memoirs it certainly packs the action in!
Very enjoyable and the update on Cathy's website is a must.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a small book! 28 July 2011
Good read but was a very short book, which is not what I am use to from Cathy but still a good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing :) 19 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
when I first read the synopsis for this book i though "it's cheap so it's probably gonna be a bit on the crap side" but as soon as I started reading I couldn't put it down. Every turn of the page made me want to read more. It was a very touching story but also a very true story that i think many people could relate to. I would recommend this to anyone but think that maybe it's more suited to people over the age of 14/15 as it has some bad bits that I would recommend young teenagers or children read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The best author and person ever wonderfull Cathy glass read all of her books and just ordered don'ttake my bbaby reccomend anyone of her books
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read but extremely quick 15 April 2011
By Kerry
Format:Kindle Edition
First off i have to say i love love Cathy Glass books. I downloaded this to read over the easter holiday and realised it said quick read but it literally took about a maximum of 2 hours on and off. Really good but not as in depth or descriptive as some of her others. Would recommend for s short car/train journey perhaps.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REMARKABLE 15 May 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Remarkable book, once you start, you just can't put it down, real story written through the eyes of Ryan whose's mum drinks and unable to look after him properly. I felt a great deal of sympathy for Ryan who is a very intelligent and lovable boY, very well written
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Book
Published 3 days ago by Margaret Parfitt
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely read
Short story I couldn't put down true to life and tells of the struggles a single mum can face trying to bring up kids when she has issues herself
Published 10 days ago by linda kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening read!
Cathy Glass writes in a very emphatic way, and from a viewpoint as to how a child may be thinking and feeling. Read more
Published 11 days ago by TGP, London
5.0 out of 5 stars So true.
Relates to so many children.
Published 25 days ago by Carol Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like it.
Published 25 days ago by Pamela Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book although it is a lot shorter than her other ones it is just as enjoyable.
Published 28 days ago by Grannycropper
5.0 out of 5 stars good short read
Really good read short story but good to see Ryan realised and turned around and tried to help a mate out when he was in trouble just think the poor lad was too grown up for his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by miss j pettit
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read
It's quite nice to see the story from the other side,through the eyes of the child.Good read,not long enough for me.
Published 1 month ago by K black
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I really enjoyed this, I'm not a big reader mostly due to the fact I find I loose were I am if the book is big and has many characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by booksgirl
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