The Saddest Girl in the World
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The Saddest Girl in the World

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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with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulder...more
Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harper Element (first published March 20th 2009)
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Melissa Frost
Cathy glass has done it again,
I get quite angry after I've read one of these books.. I pay £5-£6 and then I will have read it within 24 hours, it's so frustrating because I've remembered the story so well I never re-read the book.

Before anyone thinks that I read Cathy's books quickly because of simplistic writing then your wrong! I read them so quickly because of the way she tells the story, I get so engrossed and caught up hoping these unfortunate children have a chance at a better life that I...more
Eva Leger
This is just as good as of the others Glass has put out. She does more than just give an inside view of what goes into fostering and readers of this genre are damn lucky she's also a good author.
More and more mis-lit comes out every month and most singles/couples are from a "non-author" who may or may not know how to write. I've read many and I've "liked" many. Even some that weren't written the best have made it to a high rating from me for any number of reasons.
But Glass' has a unique view he...more
Kristy Trauzzi
This story didn't make me cry. I talked to my husband and I was telling him I couldn't tell if it was because I was cold, the author sucked at writing, or if she tried really hard to make it uplifting so that you didn't feel really sad. The home life for this little girl was horrible and I find it hard to imagine that . . . Well, I guess I don't like thinking that people in this world can do acts like this. I find it unbelievably awesome that these foster parents can take in a young child, love...more
Louise
This is the true story of Donna, a ten-year-old girl who was terribly abused and neglected by her mother and abused by her two younger brothers’.

Upon Donna’s foster care placement at Cathy’s, Donna is sullen, sad and non-talkative. Over the next fourteen-months Cathy and her own children, Paula six and Adrian 10, try to make Donna feel welcome and help her to adjust to living in a ‘normal’ family household. However, it isn’t always easy when one evening Cathy finds Donna in the bathroom scrubbin...more
Sarah
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Christine bonner
This is a story of a 10 year old girl called Donna, she was taken from her mums care along with her 2 brother and placed into foster care,

They were all placed together but Donna had to be moved and she ended up with Cathy and her Children

When unpacking all Donna stuff Cathy comes across a bag of rags, which Cathy found out one morning was used to wash the floor, plus she would scrub her hands clean as she says to get the dirty of as she has duel heritage

Donna had contact 3 times a week, and her...more
Linnae
I enjoy Glass' stories of kids in foster care that she's helped, particularly as I hope to be a foster parent someday. I find them inspiring and fascinating.

At the same time, the narrations make me a bit uncomfortable, as the stories of these children are really not hers to tell. How would you like your life and all your problems to be turned into a novel for everyone to read?

The 3-star rating reflects my inner struggle.
Thais
Donna ha dieci anni quando viene data in affido all'autrice di questo libro: la sua madre naturale non è mai stata in grado di prendersi cura di lei, ma non solo, non perdeva occasione di farla sentire inutile e colpevole, di insultarla e trattarla come una schiava. È difficile credere che una bambina di soli dieci anni abbia dovuto sopportare tutto questo. È una storia sconvolgente, a tratti commovente, difficile da digerire ma che regala una forza incredibile: nonostante tutto quello che ha su...more
Den
Another true story from Cathy Glass about one of the children she fostered. This one is all about Donna (I think she was 10 or 11) who was brought to Cathy after being neglected at home. As she came to trust Cathy it came out that as well as being neglected her mum and younger brothers used to physically beat her with a coat-hanger if she didn't clean up good enough, she was also found scrubbing her hands trying to get the brown off them as her mum said her skin colour was dirty. This little gir...more
Sheena  at Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Cathy Glass is one of those authors, who's books, I always look forward to reading. She is one of those special people who has an incredible heart and it makes you wish everyone in the world could be touched by her. The Saddest Girl in the World is another great book she has written. She is caring for a little girl named Donna. Once again, Cathy's patience and love as a foster carer help Donna through her issues from the horrible abuse she suffered from her Mother and siblings. Cathy's books are...more
Jirinka (sony08)
10/10 for this one - it has to be - I don't feel like I could give any true story less than that and Cathy writes her book so well she really makes you feel the pain these kids are going through.

Very well put together story of a 10 year old Donna who comes to the care of a foster mum Cathy Glass (fictional name for obvious reasons) after being taken away from a home full of filth, drink, drugs and hate.

As Donna starts to compare her old family with the new one she starts to talk more about her l...more
Bronwyn Manzer
Having a heart for children, I found this book very moving. I was so amazed that young Donna could overcome the challenges that she had faced in her first 11 years of life. But with the help of her foster mom she was able to overcome tremendous obstacles. I felt joy in my heart as she began to heal and went from the saddest little girl to the precious little girl who was finally able to feel happiness and pride in herself. Cathy's writing was thorough and heart warming. I admire how she fights f...more
Salima Korri
First off, I love how this is an actual story were a social worker has decided to make a collection of books of her past experiences with her foster children.

It might be a sad story were the girl's mother won't bring herself to accept a 'black' child but I thought that the little girl was selfish. A lot of people did care for this little girl but I guess she didn't see it. Maybe she really wanted her mother.

I'm rating this book low because of the story but the actual wording and structure was be...more
L.L.
3/4 książki przeczytałem w jeden dzień, za to resztę czytałem tydzień ;) (co zrobić, brak czasu). Ciekawa książka, jak każda chyba z tej serii.
Ruth Turner
Another excellent story by Cathy Glass.

A little repetitive at times but very well written. It made me cry. :(
Theresa
I loved the great ending and seeing how Donna could overcome everything that had happened to her.
Jacinta
I don't know why I even read these books, I think it's voyeurism really.
Tegan
This was the first Cathy Glass book I've read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked getting to know the characters. It's so sad to know that her books are real stories based on the children she's fostered, because these kids are obviously not treated very well.

I found myself not wanting to stop reading, and wondering "what happens next?" The layout of the book is good, Cathy provided enough information and didn't leave any questions for me at the end. If you like nonfiction books and can handle...more
Becky
Incredibly emotional book, with shock after shock after shock.
Sabrina Morgan
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...more
Sally
The description above reviews the book quite well. I personally like Cathy's writing style and I get emotionally involved in her stories. What this poor little girl had to endure from her own family is heartbreaking. Cathy is very descriptive and gives a great insight into Departmental policies and some of the injustices carers and children in the system are forced to endure. Thank goodness for the dedicated and caring staff that make a difference in the lives of these beautiful children experie...more
Melissa Goldfinch
Couldn't put it down, emotional story written well
Sharah
I always spend more time reading a true-story novel - like this one. Cathy does know how to draw reader's emotion and describe each feeling, and make your heart fall all over the story.

This is a story about a girl, Donna being unloved and abused by her own family, brought to foster care, cope with her traumatic pasts and finally get over 'em

- I love Paula (6 years old girl) character the most, especially on the 41st page;

"Paula came in from the patio and, seeing Donna crying, immediately burst i...more
Yvonne
Cathy is amazing how she helped Donna
Sukma Ika
This was the first book I read of Cathy Glass'. It was fantastic! The feeling was all in there. I love it.

Since its my first book of this kind, all my stars are here.
Ghizlane
I like Cathy's way of Writing! her stories are really shoking! but written in a way that opens the door for us to the hidden worlds where abuse and Maltreatment is the main subject. Sometimes, you are ashamed that you belong to this world where Children take care of their alcoholic mothers?!!!Or where kids are hurt by their own parents for their skin colors !!! I read the books and feel thankful to Allah for what he offered to me! and feel responsible for kids who did not have the chance to live...more
NC
Cathy Glass is a foster parent in Britain. I really liked Tory Hayden's books about her experiences as a teacher of emotionally disturbed children. This was great to see how these children are treated in another country. It was a very good read. I love the way the British use language. It was fun to notice the differences in American and British English. I really felt for this lovely and troubled child. It was nice that she included an epilogue so we could see how this child had grown.
Melissa Mc Lees
It is sad that young children have to be taken from their families and it does take a toil on both the parents of the children and their children, hopefully they both will be healed and find a way to have happiness and safety and well being in life. Not all foster homes are bad, but don't get me wrong their is some bad foster homes. May the stories by Cathy Glass help you have some peace and understanding on how some children do get better and achieve their lifetime goals sometimes.
Claire Bayeez Ahmad
Yet another good book written by cathy glass this was a truly amazing story and yet again had me gripped from the first page, it was so sad too hear what Donna had too go through no child should ever be treated that way, I was so glad that she got another chance too make a go off her life away from her very vindictive mother who doesnt even deserve the title, I cried when Donna moved away from Cathys house and too her permanent home was so moving and emotional
Miriam Giles
Excellent read! Cathy is a saint and works well with children and families. Donna got into the write family when she met Cathy's family. She showed here things that her own mother could never have shown her and shown her how to Love and be Love. When she got in Marlene's house she received the same Love and affection and grew up to be loving. Great book. All of her books capture the true identity of Cathy and the child she is working with.
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Cathy Glass is a bestselling British author, freelance writer and foster carer.
Her work is strongly identified with both the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres, and she has also written a parenting guide to bringing up children, Happy Kids, and a novel, The Girl in the Mirror, based on a true story.
Glass has worked as a foster career for more than 20 years, during which time she ha...more
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