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The Saddest Girl in the World [Format Kindle]

Cathy Glass

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with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down.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

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2180 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 339 pages
  • Editeur : Harper Element (20 mars 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0007321570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007321575
  • ASIN: B002RI9F8Q
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 4 3/4 Stars from Red Adept Reviews 11 juillet 2010
Par Lynn McNamee - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

This book told an incredibly sad story of a young girl who was taken into foster care along with her two younger brothers. Although it was heart-wrenching, it was also uplifting to know that there are people out there willing to help kids in such a situation.

I was impressed with the way Ms. Glass told the story. She did not appear to be trying to embellish it using shock tactics. Instead, she told the story as it happened, only shocking the reader when she was shocked at the time with the child's incredible tales of abuse.

Although Ms. Glass did mention when others gave her compliments for her work with "Donna", she never appeared to be bragging about herself. She simply did the work of a mother for a girl whose mother was extremely unfit.

I cried a couple of times during this read. The treatment of Donna by her mother was simply appalling. However, I also laughed a few times when the author told of humorous portions of the tale. Ms. Glass certainly has maintained her sense of humor through the atrocities she must hear of in her work.

Character Development: 4 3/4 Stars

Although Ms. Glass certainly had no way of knowing the inner workings of Donna's mind and emotions, in her telling of Donna's story, she made me feel as though I knew Donna. She also threw in enough information about her own children to have me engrossed in their interactions with Donna. I did think that more about Ms. Glass and her children could have been revealed to give a more full story. I would have been interested to have more insight into the children's thoughts and feelings.

While Ms. Glass revealed much of herself in respect to Donna, she did not tell of her feelings outside of that.

Writing Style: 4 1/2 Stars

The writing style had a smooth, easy flow. At times, I did have to pause and think about certain phrases as the book is set in England. There were some verb tense issues here and there, also, some of which was just due to the "foreign language" <wink>, but at other points, it just seemed like the verb tense was inappropriate.

Rating: PG-15 for Sever Child Abuse and Graphic Adult Language
11 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Touches the heart, makes you thankful and think! 6 mars 2011
Par Fox - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I have read one of Glass'es books, Damaged and felt not only touched and thankful there are such excellent people out there with this talent but also educated. So I wanted to continue reading Cathy Glass's books. This one did not dissapoint.

I love how her books read close to what a diary log of family happenings rather then totally emotional outpooring. I find it easier to relate to the damaged children and marvel at the ability of people who can figure out a child's drama like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. It is intriging and totally satisfactory in the end. I also enjoy the fact she doesn't pull any punches in regards to what happens to each child. Not all children are able to rebuild their lives after abuse.

I am more understanding of the social dilema of workers in this arena and how each child can impact our society by producing more damaged people if not helped. Therefore I have gained more of a world view that this is occuring everywhere. It isn't a pretty picture but it has made me more aware. And for that I am thankful. perhaps Cathy's books would be good reads for older high school students for more understanding and possibly for volunteering to do more social work.

When you read her books, you will be touched.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Truly a sad story 27 mars 2012
Par Mrs Aloysius - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
To say that I enjoyed this book would not be appropriate given it's subject matter. It was thought provoking and informative. It was like reading clinical notes in a medical file, succinct, specific and factual. The writing is objective and true to the primary purpose of this book - to highlight the sad and tragic tale of this young girl.
I appreciated learning more about the tireless efforts of both social workers and foster carers to ensure the safety of those children, who through no fault of their own, have been abused and neglected.

Good work.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Saddest Girl in the World 12 avril 2011
Par Ellie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I enjoyed this book as one of my favourite of Cathy Glass' publications because it takes place around her busy household and shows the interaction of her own children with Donna. Donna was taken into care due to a very wretched life where her mother actually seemed to hate her and encouraged her siblings to beat her, mock her and make her miserable, plus she had to do all the housework and was given little food. Donna at first seemed passive, mute and so sad, but a violence soon emerged against Cathy's children and she also took to trashing her room. The story does tell the success of this child due to a kind and competent foster family and a successful adoptive mother. The job of foster caring is indeed a difficult one and I love Cathy's stories about the children she has looked after. I don't know why so many children in the Western world are treated so shabbily by their bio parents.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Searching for hope and healing amidst unspeakable horrors 28 avril 2014
Par Joanna M - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
It's hard to imagine the kinds of horrific circumstances some children are born into. And yet, these kinds of "homes" are sadly more common than we think. Powerless to help themselves, the young victims must often wait until a shrewd teacher or other adult notices something amiss, and contacts the authorities in a position to make a change.

That's precisely what happened to 10-year-old Donna, and her younger brothers Jason and Warren. Once removed from an extremely filthy and neglectful home by child protective services, the adults involved slowly began to glimpse more and more horrific details of the almost unfathomable levels of abuse suffered by the children, especially Donna. For reasons that Cathy Glass, Donna's foster carer and author of this story, could not understand, young Donna took the brunt of the abuse - even from the 6- and 7-year-old brothers, who were instructed by their mother to help beat their sister.

But as always, Glass - a foster parent for over two decades - put her all into attempting to help improve Donna's life. With her loving yet no-nonsense attitude, Glass used her usual approach of trying to integrate Donna into a normal child's life while also encouraging her to speak about what had happened to her in the past in the hopes of Donna's beginning to heal emotionally.

Despite the serious and potentially depressing subject matter, readers should not be scared off from taking on Donna's story! Glass's unique style manages to tell the details while in no way dramatizing or focusing upon the negative - although, of course, if anyone in this world has a right to ask "why me?" it would certainly be a child like Donna. Instead, Glass never stops hoping, both for Donna to heal and find peace, and even that Donna's family will be able to do the same.
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