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The Saddest Girl in the World - Cathy Glass

The Saddest Girl in the World

Paperback

Published: 1st October 2009
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The 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When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down.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.

About the Author

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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5.0

I would buy all of Cathy's books two copies each

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Special Needs
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about The Saddest Girl in the World:

    I have read all of Cathy's books. Although Donna suffered shocking abuse slowly Donna put her trust in Cathy. It never ceases to amaze my mum and I who is now an avid reader of Cathy Glass we think that she is someone special. My mum said she personally couldn't do what Cathy does. I use Cathy's books as part of my book club and everyone enjoys them too!

     
    4.0

    Brilliant

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    from Herbey Bay Qld

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    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Well Written

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        Comments about The Saddest Girl in the World:

        I just love this book. Cathy is such a wonderful writer, you can put yourself into the book...Very easy to read.

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        5.0

        Dont judge a book by its cover

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        from Booval , Qld

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        Pros

        • Best read ever
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Inspirational
        • Well Written

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            Comments about The Saddest Girl in the World:

            Perfect read

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A true tragedy

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            Pros

            • All should read
            • Informative
            • Tragic

            Cons

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              • NOT FOR CHILDREN
              • Older Readers

              Comments about The Saddest Girl in the World:

              Cathy Glass writes from her personal experience as a foster parent. This, as all her books takes us out of our comfort zone and shows us the reality of truly dysfunctional family and its effect on the child.

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              ISBN: 9780007281046
              ISBN-10: 0007281048
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 336
              Published: 1st October 2009
              Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.7
              Weight (kg): 0.31