- Hardcover: 309 pages
- Publisher: HARPER ELEMENT (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007790651
- ISBN-13: 978-0007790654
- Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 3.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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cathy glass has fostered over 50 children over 20 years but non of them had been as disturbed as jodie,a troubled eight year old whose violence and aggression had seen off five foster carers in just four months.when jodie arrived cathy had no idea what lay beneath jodies shocking behaviour,which included smearing faeces all over the house,errupting into violent rages and even cutting herself.little by little,as jodie's rage was met with patience and understanding,she began to trust cathy,and to confide the dreadful background which has led to her present torment. jodie's childhood had been an appalling litany of mistreatment and neglect,which should have alerted the numerous social work professionals involved with her case.jodie's case file was so big it filled two suitcases,but apparently not one of her social workers had ever read the entire file.if they had ,jodie's story and her future might have been vert different.fin ally,in cathy,jodie found one adult worthy of her trust,one who could help her begin the process of recovery.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is different in the way that it's written and the angle for which it's written. It is captivating, heartbreaking, and so insightful it would either convince you to become a foster carer or put you off for life.
A truly insperational book, not only for the victim but also for those who truly cared about her.
As the child called Jodie reveals the true extent of her abuse to her foster carer Cathy, it is truly a disturbing read and thank god Cathy stuck by Jodie and supported her in a positive way unlike her Social Worker who is heavily criticised.
Unfortunately the happy ending the reader will wish for Jodie does not materialise and the end of the book is heartbreaking.
Well done to Cathy for bringing Jodie's case to the public eye. It only takes one person like Cathy to make a difference to an abused child's life.
HEARTBREAKING BUT A MUST READ
Unlike other authors Cathy tells you about Jodie's progress as she grows up and its in that last chapter that I cried the most. If ever I was to be inspired to become a foster carer then this book would be my inspiration!
Jan Sutton (author of Healing the Hurt Within: Understand Self-Injury and Self-Harm, and Heal the Emotional Wounds and SIARI (Self-Injury and Related Issues) website: [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Extremely intense and uncomfortable reading but impossible to put down. Cathy's ability to care for such a broken child is truly heartwarming and I hope she realises she gave Jodie... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Sarah
Cathy Glass is a superb author and her books are truly moving and in a lot of cases inspiring to read.Published 23 days ago by Flecky Cat
Oh my god what a sad story... I felt so angry part way through this book. How some people can really mess a child's life up!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Couldn't put the book down.
Cathy writes it so well.
Extremely sad findings of such a young little girl. Read more
I have read this book a couple of times now and it still gets me hooked! A massive 'must read'Published 2 months ago by Tasha Gough
Amazing and touching. Love every single one of your books. Couldn't put it down your such an amazing person CathyPublished 2 months ago by Charlie mountney
Definitely one to read quite emotional.
Opens you up to what might be happening to a child's that lives near you.