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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with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy’s. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn and walks with her shoulder
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Paperback, 326 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harper Element (first published March 20th 2009)
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Melissa Frost
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)
Durante a Feira do Livro no Porto do ano passado, enquanto passeávamos pelas barraquinhas, cruzamo-nos com os livros de Cathy Glass. A Marta, do blog I only have, disse-me que seriam livros que eu iria gostar muito. Querida e simpática como ela é, enviou-me dois livros desta autora para eu eu ler. É claro que acertou em cheio, porque eu gostei muito do livro. Obrigada, Marta!

Este livro conta-nos a história de Donna e do seu percurso enquanto esteve com Cathy e os seus filhos como família de acol
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Eva Leger
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Louise
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Monica Willyard
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshare, kindle
I usually have very mixed feelings when reading books written by this author. Why? Because each story is about a child who in someway has been abused, betrayed, and thrown into the foster care system because their family cannot keep things together. That makes me feel sad and a little helpless and very angry. However, each story helps me understand and delight in the resilience of a child when she discovers the abuse was never her fault or responsibility and she discovers unconditional acceptanc ...more
Kristy Trauzzi
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shona
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Cathy Glass books and think what she has done for the children she has fostered is amazing. Each child is different and she makes sure she points that out in every book she writes. Whenever I read about the stories of these children I go through the emotions with them throughout the entire book and Donna's story was no different and if my boyfriend wasn't sat next to me as I was reading the end I would have most definitely burst out crying. Such a heartfelt story and I'm glad that ...more
Bronwyn Manzer
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarena Donnelly
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. It was so sad what Donna went through but she came out achieving and finding and grew up into a lovely young lady that achieved so much. I don't understand why people have complained about how Cathy writes in so much detail. I find it interesting and a pleasure to read you can imagine every second of the days she went through and I believe she writes perfectly.

Another book I have enjoyed and shed tears over. :)
Ann
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again a horrifying story but wonderful ending
Becky
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly emotional book, with shock after shock after shock.
Ruth Turner
Another excellent story by Cathy Glass.

A little repetitive at times but very well written. It made me cry. :(
Catherine
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
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 a
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Daniel Stern
The world could use more women like Cathy Glass. This is the first of her books that I have read, and I could not put it down. Currently I am almost done her book "Hidden". "The Saddest Girl in the World" really moved me. As a child abuse survivor, I will always have the utmost compassion for children who are mistreated by their parents. Donna, the little sweetheart in this memoir, is the daughter of an obese, low-life piece of trash named Rita, and of a mixed-race (black &white) father who ...more
Laeticia Delacourt
Cathy Glass is no doubt a wonderful and compassionate human being. She has helped countless children overcome the horrors of child abuse. The Saddest Girl in the World is the first of her books that I have read. It details the story of little Donna, an abused child born to a trashy, narcissistic, cruel, and abusive mother who is white, and a father who is biracial (black and white). Donna is treated like a slave by her mother and siblings. She knows nothing of what is a normal, happy, loving hom ...more
Churin
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
4,5 stars! Amazing read!
It tugs at your heart in the most casual way, like, even though it makes you cry, it also make you laugh. I'm not making sense, I know lol
Bu really, out of Cathy Glass books, this book is the only one that contains many laugh.
This make the book felt fresh because most of Cathy's books are too sad or distressing for laugh.
One thing that I cannot approve is the girl in the cover. Please, the girl in the cover. She doesn't even look multiracial!
I mean, almost all the cover k
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Charlotte
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again Cathy has managed to capture her readers with such emotion and love that you feel like you are living her life along side her!

You can't help but fall in love with Donna and wish the best for her when she has had such an awful upbringing!

A totally gripping story constantly wanting to find out what happens next
Rosamaria Duran
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i don't want to stop reading it, the details in this book and the way the author explains the emotions in the story is intense. we should have 15 min instead of 10.
Bé Né
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai découvert cette auteure avec ses 2 livres : "violentée" et "ne dis rien" parus aux éditions Archipoche il y'a quelques mois. Cathy Glass a été mère nourricière autrement dit famille d'accueil pendant 25 ans, elle a écrit plusieurs livres dont la plupart sont ses mémoires dans lesquelles elle nous parle des enfants placés chez elle.

L'histoire de Donna est tout simplement révoltante rejetée, et battue et humiliée par sa mère ainsi que ses jeunes frères. A 10 ans Donna est placée chez Cathy, a
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Sarah
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Thais
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Josie Poynter
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Den
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true, 2013
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
Melanie Bourke
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book follows the true story of Donna a young girl who has suffered physical & emotional abuse at the hands of her mother and siblings, she has responsibilities placed on her that no child should have to deal with. As a result Donna is fostered out and whilst adjusting to life in a loving,supportive,caring & responsibility free household is not a smooth road, the journey Donna takes and the love and support she receives enable her to flourish and become a strong and beautiful young l ...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
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Jirinka (sony08)
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
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Elizabeth Ray
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It gave a really early look at Cathy's fostering before she was such an experienced carer. It also showed how fostering affected her children a lot more than other books did.

The story of Donna was absolutely heartbreaking. She had been raised in such a sick and twisted way. It was interesting to get to read about her two brothers, who were also in foster care, and her older sister, who refused to go into foster care. We really got to know the whole family in this sto
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Judy Ann Bertoson
A Rollercoaster Ride Of Emotions!!

I gave this a 5 star rating because, it deserved it.
I have a love-hate relationship with Cathy Glass books. I love her style of writing and how she draws you in and makes you feel that you are part of the story and how you get caught up in the emotions that the child is feeling. I hate that its about such ugly truth as child abuse and neglect to such beautiful, innocent children who have done nothing to deserve it except, be born to the wrong set of parents. I t
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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
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“Wouldn't it be lovely, I thought again, if I could wave my magic wand and make every child wanted and cared for, and every parent capable of caring for and loving their child? But practically, all I could do was the best for the children I looked after, and hope I gave them something positive to take with them.” 1 likes
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