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Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

Escrito por Cathy Glass

Narrado por Denica Fairman


Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

Escrito por Cathy Glass

Narrado por Denica Fairman

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8 horas
Lançado em:
Jun 26, 2014
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9780007577781
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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.From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.At the Social Services office, 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. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie 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neighbours and Social Services not seeing what should have been obvious signs.Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn, and it's clear she needs psychiatric therapy. Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to 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.
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Cathy has been a foster carer for over 25 years, during which time she has looked after more than 100 children, of all ages and backgrounds. 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. Cathy has written 16 books, including bestselling memoirs Cut, Hidden and Mummy Told Me Not To Tell.


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  • (5/5)
    This is the 2nd Cathy Glass book I have read and both have been emotional heartfelt accounts of children in foster care.

    This book is about Jodie who was severely abused and damaged beyond words. It's heartbreaking to know that this is a real life story and is sadly the situation for other children.

    The book does well at explaining the Glass family, the social work team and of course poor wee Jodie.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing book, couldn't seem to put it down. Couldn't recommend more
  • (5/5)
    I have read all of Cathy Glass' fostering memoirs and now I'm going through them again. I love her books❤❤
  • (5/5)
    I haven't heard of Cathy Glass until recently. This was a fabulous book.
  • (5/5)
    A horrific yet fascinating story. Very well written and narrated.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing, if heart wrenching unputdownable book! The depravity and evil of some so called human beings on this earth never cease to amaze me.
  • (3/5)
    3-stars based only on the writing quality of author. Content, sadness, awestruck.. 4-stars.
  • (5/5)
    Oh my goodness what a sad story, how any parent could do the things to this little child is beyond belief, I cried through most of this book. The compassion of this wonderful women and the children's understanding was just unbelievable, I guess we know that God puts certain people on this earth to take care of special people and this lady certainly is one of those people.
  • (5/5)
    Could not put this book down. It is not my usual type of book and I stumbled across this one by chance. I am now a huge fan of Cathy and have read every single book she has written.
  • (5/5)
    Cathy Glass is an amazing person and an amazing writer. This book, as all of her books, is difficult to put down. I find myself saying "Just one more chapter....." Glass keeps the reader interested and eager to read more. I have shed tears and had a chuckle or two while reading this book. Most of all, Glass shows the desperate need for loving and devoted caregivers for children who's parents are unable, for whatever reason, to care for them properly. She also shows the reader the problems with social services. Although this true story takes place in England, the events could just as easily take place in the United States or any other country. I recommend this, or any other book by this author, especially if you are considering becoming a foster parent or a social worker.
  • (3/5)
    The life this little girl lived, before coming into the nurturing hands of Cathy, is just heartbreaking. It is so hard to believe that parents can treat their children with such violence. While this is not ranked up there with some other books of this subject I have read it is very much a worthwhile read. I was shocked ..yes...but not moved to tears.
  • (5/5)
    Everyone should read this book. Everyone should know what happens to children. Then maybe more will be done to stop it. Thank you Cathy for sharing Jodie's story and being the amazing woman who heard those cries. They now reverberate in me.
  • (5/5)
    yes i'm already finished with the book, and considering the time i started yesterday and the time i finished today, i finished in about a day. the first book i remember reading on these subjects was 'one child' by torey hayden and from that moment i was hooked on these types of books and for some reason i like books where there are stories of struggle, or sadness and hardships.i don't think i completely know why, but i do know i like them because when there about children like the little girl Jodie in the book good does come out at the end.i did struggle reading parts of this book, but i also couldn't put it down. each turn of the page either brought more trouble and heartbreaking moments, or laughter and tears of joy. Jodie was a very damaged girl,with all the rejection she went through Cathy was able to help this damaged little girl and give her a chance of hope!
  • (3/5)
    Though this book was hard to read, I AM glad I read it. A heartfelt look at a British foster carer who takes in the toughest case of her life. They way the author is determined to help the child is beyond admirable. Hard, but good on the heart.
  • (4/5)
    An horrific true story of child abuse and the amazing patience and love of a foster carer. Makes you realise that you aren't such a bad parent after all. Sad because there is no fantastic outcome for the child - her life is better but she remains severely dysfunctional.
  • (3/5)
    The story of Jodie, an eight year old girl, who goes into the foster care of Cathy. We see the ups and downs of Jodie's care and the progress Cathy makes with her as this little girl grows up and deals with some of the monsters that have been haunting her.
  • (3/5)
    The true story of a foster mother, her family and one incredibly tortured little girl. Absolutely heartbreaking. Jodie is a victim of child abuse and has suffered since she was born, into a family of paedophiles none-the-less, Damaged tells her story through the eyes of her foster carer Cathy. This book made me cry, and i'm even teary now just thinking about the poor little pet. With so many books about this subject out there, it's not really an original story, but it still remains a heart-breaking and traumatising story. However, It provides good insight into both sides of foster care, the victim and the aide, which is something other books of this genre that i have read do not seem to apply.