Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child (Paperback)
  • Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child (Paperback)

Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 28/07/2007
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The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass...Cathy, an experienced foster carer, is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months but Cathy decides to take her on to protect her from being placed in an institution. Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face. As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behaviour improves. Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others. It becomes clear that Jodie's parents were involved in a sickening paedophile ring, with neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs. It's clear that Josie needs psychiatric therapy, but instead Social Services take Jodie away from her, and place her in a residential unit. Although the paedophile ring is investigated and brought to justice, Jodie's future is still up in the air. Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what - her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007236367

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Cathy Glass is an amazing lady and gives so much to her foster children. This is another excellent book you can't put down. I have read every Cathy Glass novel and highly recommend every one. I buy her new novels... More

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29th September 2011
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This book was the second book I have read that was written by Cathy Glass. I thought this book was a fantastic read just like the first although this one I got quite emotional about. When you think of what this little... More

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6th February 2009
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cathy glass's books onces u pick it up theys no putting it down, all of her books pull on your heart strings. keep up the hard work cathy if only they was moe foster cares just like u. The children are so lucky... More

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6th October 2011
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